Ecocriticism has steadily gained footing within the larger arena of early modern scholarship, and with the publication of well over a dozen monographs, essay collections, and special journal issues, literary studies looks increasingly ’green’; yet the field lacks a straightforward, easy-to-use guide to do with reading and teaching early modern texts ecocritically. Accessible yet comprehensive, the cutting-edge collection Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts fills this gap. Organized around the notion of contact zones (or points of intersection, that have often been constructed asymmetrically-especially with regard to the human-nonhuman dichotomy), the volume reassesses current trends in ecocriticism and the Renaissance; introduces analyses of neglected texts and authors; brings ecocriticism into conversation with cognate fields and approaches (e.g., queer theory, feminism, post-coloniality, food studies); and offers a significant section on pedagogy, ecocriticism and early modern literature. Engaging points of tension and central interest in the field, the collection is largely situated in the 'and/or' that resides between presentism-historicism, materiality-literary, somatic-semiotic, nature-culture, and, most importantly, human-nonhuman. Ecological Approaches to Early Modern English Texts balances coverage and methodology; its primary goal is to provide useful, yet nuanced discussions of ecological approaches to reading and teaching a range of representative early modern texts. As a whole, the volume includes a diverse selection of chapters that engage the complex issues that arise when reading and teaching early modern texts from a green perspective.

chapter |14 pages


ByJennifer Munroe, Lynne Bruckner, Edward J. Geisweidt

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Section I Theoretical Approaches

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Section II Reading Ecologically: Texts and Methodologies

chapter 4|10 pages

Roses in Winter: Recipe Ecologies and Shakespeare’s Sonnets

ByRebecca Laroche

chapter 5|10 pages

Poetic Language, Practical Handbooks, and the “vertues” of Plants

ByJessica Rosenberg

chapter 6|10 pages

The Beasts of Belmont and Venice

ByKeith M. Botelho

chapter 7|10 pages

Shakespeare and Slime: Notes on the Anthropocene

ByDan Brayton

chapter 10|12 pages

The Ecology of Eating in Jonson’s “To Penshurst”

ByAmy Tigner

chapter 12|12 pages

Ecocritical Milton

ByLeah S. Marcus

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Section III Approaches to Teaching Ecologically: Texts and Methodologies

chapter 15|12 pages

Teaching Timon of Walden

ByTodd A. Borlik

chapter 16|12 pages

“Th’Earth’s Great Altar”: Teaching Milton’s Spiritual Ecology

ByMary (Mimi) C. Fenton