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Author Sultzbach, Kelly, 1972- author

Title Ecocriticism in the modernist imagination : Forster, Woolf, and Auden / Kelly Elizabeth Sultzbach
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Contents Cover; Half-title ; Title page ; Copyright information ; Table of contents ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; Green modernism: Canonical themes and environmental questions ; Nature's dialogue in three modernist voices ; Modern ecology and the view from above
Anti-pastoral and the fantasy of the green retreat in ''The Machine Stops, '' Howards End, ''Arthur Snatchfold, '' and Maurice Beyond the pastoral: A Passage to India ; Chapter 2 The phenomenological whole: Virginia Woolf ; Woolf as a green reader
E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and W.H. Auden Chapter 1 Passage from pastoral: E.M. Forster ; The lure of the pastoral in ''The Story of a Panic'' and ''The Other Kingdom''
Humans and nonhumans in ''Kew Gardens, '' Flush, and ''Thunder at Wembley'' The meaning of a more-than-human life in To the Lighthouse ; Chapter 3 Brute being and animal language: W.H. Auden ; Subversive natural science and the human subject ; Talking animal
Words in the flesh of the world Epilogue ; Notes ; Introduction ; Chapter 1 ; Chapter 2 ; Chapter 3 ; Epilogue ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary "Although modernism has traditionally been considered an art of cities, Ecocriticism in the Modernist Imagination claims a significant role for modernist texts in shaping environmental consciousness. Analyzing both canonical and lesser-known works of three key figures--E.M Forster, Virginia Woolf, and W.H. Auden--Sultzbach suggests how the signal techniques of modernism encourage readers to become more responsive to the animate world and non-human minds. Understanding the way these writers represent nature's agency becomes central to interpreting the power dynamics of empire and gender, as well as experiments with language and creativity. The book acknowledges the longer pastoral tradition in literature, but also introduces readers to the newly expanding field of ecocriticism, including philosophies of embodiment and matter, queer ecocriticism, and animal studies. What emerges is a picture of green modernism that reifies our burgeoning awareness of what it means to be human within a larger living community"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 12, 2016)
Subject Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Ecology in literature.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Nature in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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