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William Wordsworth and the ecology of authorship : the roots of environmentalism in nineteenth-century culture

Author: Scott Hess
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
Series: Under the sign of nature.
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In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship, Scott Hess explores Wordsworth's defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a primarily middle-class, nineteenth-century conception of nature associated with aesthetics, high culture, individualism, and nation. Instead of viewing Wordsworth as an early ecologist, Hess places him within a context that is largely cultural and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Hess
ISBN: 9780813932309 0813932300 9780813932323 0813932327 9780813932316 0813932319
OCLC Number: 748941720
Description: x, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Picturesque vision, photographic subjectivity, and the (un)framing of nature --
Wordsworth country: the Lake District and the landscape of genius --
Wordsworth's environmental protest: the Kendal and Windermere Railroad and the cultural politics of nature --
The Lake District and the museum of nature --
"My endless way": travel, gender, and the imaginative colonization of nature --
Epilogue: the ecology of authorship versus the ecology of community.
Series Title: Under the sign of nature.
Responsibility: Scott Hess.

Abstract:

In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship, Scott Hess explores Wordsworth's defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a primarily middle-class, nineteenth-century conception of nature associated with aesthetics, high culture, individualism, and nation. Instead of viewing Wordsworth as an early ecologist, Hess places him within a context that is largely cultural and aesthetic. The supposedly universal Wordsworthian vision of nature, Hess argues, was in this sense specifically male, middle-class, professional, and culturally elite--factors that continue to shape the environmental movement today.
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Scott Hess has written a valuable book that reveals the limits of Romantic ecocriticism by explaining the danger of applying contemporary standards of environmentalism to an author like Wordsworth. Read more...

 
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