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An Ecocritic's Macbeth

Kerridge, R (2011) 'An Ecocritic's Macbeth.' In: Bruckner, L and Brayton, D, eds. Ecocritical Shakespeare. Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity . Ashgate, Farnham; Burlington, VT. ISBN 9780754669197

Abstract

Can reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare contribute to the health of the planet? To what degree are Shakespeare's plays anthropocentric or ecocentric? What is the connection between the literary and the real when it comes to ecological conduct? This collection, engages with these pressing questions surrounding ecocritical Shakespeare, in order to provide a better understanding of where and how ecocritical readings should be situated. The volume combines multiple critical perspectives, juxtaposing historicism and presentism, as well as considering ecofeminism and pedagogy; and addresses such topics as early modern flora and fauna, and the neglected areas of early modern marine ecology and oceanography. Concluding with an assessment of the challenges-and necessities-of teaching Shakespeare ecocritically, Ecocritical Shakespeare not only broadens the implications of ecocriticism in early modern studies, but represents an important contribution to this growing field.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 — Knowledge — Natural history Shakespeare, William — Studies — Nature. Nature in literature. Ecocriticism in literature. Ecology in literature. Literature. Human ecology in literature.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 12:22
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:28
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