By Ivo Kamps; Karen L. Raber; Thomas Hallock
This quantity facilities at the examine of the kin among literature and the surroundings and poses vital inquiries to an evolving box: why has ecocriticism keen on slender, newer old periods? What has avoided or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings extra into the previous, and what's misplaced as a consequence? Early sleek Ecostudies engages without delay with such concerns and advances a brand new perform that borrows from the methodologies of present ecocriticism, interrogates its tricky assumptions, and extends its succeed in and importance. facing a variety of matters, those essays practice ecocritical how to conventional authors reminiscent of Shakespeare, Sidney, extra, and Milton; canonical texts such Edward Taylor's poetry and the Florentine Codex; and records from the literature of discovery, medication, and traditional heritage.
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I thank Professor Yong Li Lan of the National University of Singapore for bringing to my attention the establishment of the Tisch campus in that country. In a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Waters, executive editor for the humanities at Harvard University Press, proclaims a similar desire for slowing down the work of the intellectual: “I want to start a new movement, now . . I want to ask what reading would look like if we were to reintroduce, forcefully, the matter of time.
And] do not conform to proven successful models for publication” (“Evaluating” 26, 25, 26). 17 But in both the United States and the United Kingdom, these tendencies are evident especially in the proliferation of short books quickly produced on topics that older scholars might call perky. Routledge’s series “Accents on Shakespeare” is explicit about this goal: “these volumes will not be ‘learned’ monographs in any traditional sense” but will offer “a platform for the work of the liveliest young scholars and teachers at their most outspoken and provocative” (Hawkes x).
12 Unlike Egan, however, who offers few concrete proposals about how to do either, instead suggesting (and sounding very much like Buell or Watson) that we can use “ecopolitical insights to re-examine past representations of analogous situations and indeed to see how past understandings gave rise to the conditions of the present” (50), I submit that “ecopolitical insights” require us Slow Sh akespe are 19 to reflect not on the larger world, not on our students, and not even on literature itself but rather, and before all else, on our profession, on the ways we “do” Shakespeare or Milton or Spenser today.