Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment

Green Modernism

Nature and the English Novel, 1900 to 1930

Authors: McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

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One of the first studies to explore the relationship between environmental criticism and British modernism, Green Modernism explores the cultural function of nature in the modernist novel between 1900 and 1930. This theoretically engaged, historically informed book brings new materialist insights to novels by Conrad, Ford, Lawrence, and Butts.

About the authors

Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy is the Director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah, USA.

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“In Green Modernism, McCarthy offers various ethical models for the dialogic and equalizing relationship of humans and nature, from a fundamental recognition of nature’s active and independent presence (object-oriented ontology), to a responsible and responsive working of the land, to the ‘sustained intimacy’ with the land he calls ‘dwelling.’ … The project of turning modernism’s gaze from the psyche and the city to the land is a valuable expansion of traditional criticism.” (Mara Scanlon, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 60 (2), 2017)


"Both Ecocriticism and Modernism studies take a refreshing and timely great leap forward in Green Modernism's deft discussion of one emergent and three canonical writers. This is a landmark book in our understanding of the relationship between nature and text through the prism of the English novel 1900-1930, but also with implications beyond." Terry Gifford, Visiting Professor, Centre for Writing and Environment, Bath Spa University, UK

"Green Modernism makes a significant contribution to Modernist studies. Rather than being a literary movement focused merely on the inner self, McCarthy makes a strong case for the role of materialism in Modernist literature. In addition, McCarthy convincingly argues for an anti-Romantic, materialist conception of nature that alters the landscape of both Modernist and Ecocritical studies. Consequently, natural images such as the ivory in The Heart of Darkness or the snow in Under Western Eyes function not just as symbolic entities but as material objects that allow us to view these works in a new light." John G. Peters, University Distinguished Research Professor of English, University of North Texas, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • “The Land’s Way is Important in This Story”:

    McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

    Pages 1-40

  • “A Choice of Nightmares”

    McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

    Pages 41-76

  • Conrad’s Weather

    McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

    Pages 77-113

  • 1928 and Nature

    McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

    Pages 115-156

  • Mary Butts and England’s Nature

    McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes

    Pages 157-198

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Green Modernism
Book Subtitle
Nature and the English Novel, 1900 to 1930
Authors
Series Title
Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52604-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137526045
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54935-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56232-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 262
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