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British Romanticism, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene

Writing Tambora

Authors: Higgins, David

  • First major literary-critical study of the relationship between climate change and British Romanticism
  • Challenges the critical tendency to understand Romantic nature writing as largely apolitical and concerned with individual and local experience 
  • Looks at many of the key Romantic figures: the Shelleys, Byron and Coleridge
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About this book

This book is the first major ecocritical study of the relationship between British Romanticism and climate change. It analyses a wide range of texts – by authors including Lord Byron, William Cobbett, Sir Stamford Raffles, Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley – in relation to the global crisis produced by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. By connecting these texts to current debates in the environmental humanities, it reveals the value of a historicized approach to the Anthropocene. British Romanticism, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene examines how Romantic texts affirm the human capacity to shape and make sense of a world with which we are profoundly entangled and at the same time represent our humiliation by powerful elemental forces that we do not fully comprehend. It will appeal not only to scholars of British Romanticism, but to anyone interested in the relationship between culture and climate change.

About the authors

David Higgins is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. He has published widely on Romantic literature and culture, including the monographs Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine and Romantic Englishness, and the co-edited collection Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism.

Reviews

“Combining Romanticist and ecocritical research, David Higgins shows just how and why literary scholars should be reading ecological and cultural histories in tandem. This is a historically rigorous and theoretically informed account of the Tambora eruption and the material and discursive networks that informed, and continue to inform, our response to it. It brings together historical accounts, Romantic poetry, scientific observations and data, with an entirely up-to-date critical approach. The result is intelligent, informative, and thoroughly readable.” (Adeline Johns-Putra, Reader in English Literature at University of Surrey, UK)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Higgins, David

    Pages 1-21

  • Textuality, Empire, and the Catastrophic Assemblage: Sir Stamford Raffles and the Tambora Eruption

    Higgins, David

    Pages 23-53

  • Geohistory, Epistemology, and Extinction: Byron and the Shelleys in 1816

    Higgins, David

    Pages 55-108

  • The ‘Year Without a Summer’ and the Politics of Climate Change

    Higgins, David

    Pages 109-125

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67894-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67893-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Romanticism, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene
Book Subtitle
Writing Tambora
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67894-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67894-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67893-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 142
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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