The nature of modernism : ecocritical approaches to the poetry of Edward Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew / Elizabeth Black
- Black, Elizabeth
- New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
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- Physical Description:
- viii, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
- Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature ; 44
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Critical and Theoretical Contexts -- Modernism -- Georgian Poetry and the Impact of the First World War -- The Countryside and the City -- Modernity -- Ecocriticism -- Deep Ecology -- Social Ecology -- Urban Nature -- British Ecocriticism -- 2.Modernism in Ecocritical Thought -- 3.Edward Thomas: The Path to Ecological Modernism -- Relationship to Modernism -- Ecocritical Importance -- The British Countryside -- Examination of Self through Nature -- War -- Edward Thomas and the Anthropocene -- `All Roads Lead to France' -- 4.T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land -- Reasserting the Real -- The Crisis in Human/Nature Relations -- Mythology, History and Ritual -- The Desert -- 5.T. S. Eliot: Four Quartets -- Critical Discussion -- Eliot and Englishness -- Eliot and the City -- Readings -- `Burnt Norton' -- `East Coker' -- `The Dry Salvages' -- `Little Gidding' -- 6.Edith Sitwell -- Critical Response -- Poetic Aims -- Facade -- The Sleeping Beauty -- Later Poetry -- 7.Charlotte Mew -- The City -- The Countryside -- Nature, Otherness and Trauma -- The First World War.
- This books presents the first extended study of the relationship between British modernist poetry and the environment. Challenging reductive associations of modernism as predominantly anthropocentric in character and urban in focus, the book's central argument is that within British modernist poetry there is a clear and sustained interest in the natural world which has yet to receive adequate critical attention. Whilst modernist studies continues to emphasize the plurality of the movement and the breadth of voices and concerns within it, the environmental consciousness of modernist literature and its response to changes to human/nature relations following the experience of war and modernity remain largely unexamined. Exploring British modernist poetry from an ecocritical perspective offers a fresh approach to the movement and its context, and produces original readings of both canonical and more marginalized modernist voices. This book opens by discussing the relationship between modernism and ecocriticism and the benefits of creating a dialogue between the two. It then presents new readings of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell, and Charlotte Mew that reveal a shared preoccupation with environmental issues and a common desire to find new ways of achieving physical, psychological, and artistic reconnection with nature.--
- Thomas, Edward, 1878-1917—Criticism and interpretation
- Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965—Criticism and interpretation
- Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964—Criticism and interpretation
- Mew, Charlotte Mary, 1869-1928—Criticism and interpretation
- Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
- Mew, Charlotte Mary, 1869-1928
- Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964
- Thomas, Edward, 1878-1917
- Modernism (Literature)
- Ecocriticism in literature
- English poetry
- English poetry—20th century—History and criticism
- 9781138244092 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -218) and index.
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