• Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination

    Author(s):
    Heide Estes (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    LLC Middle English, LLC Old English
    Subject(s):
    Middle Ages, Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism
    Item Type:
    Book section
    Tag(s):
    Beowulf, Guthlac, Medieval Ecocriticism, Old English, 6th to 10th century, Gender studies, early medieval England, postcolonial ecocriticism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6H79M
    Abstract:
    Literary scholars have traditionally understood landscapes, whether natural or manmade, as metaphors for humanity instead of concrete settings for people's actions. This book accepts the natural world as such by investigating how Anglo-Saxons interacted with and conceived of their lived environments. Examining Old English poems such as Beowulf and Judith, as well as descriptions of natural events from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other documentary texts from perspectives including ecofeminism and post-colonial ecocriticism, this book shows that Anglo-Saxon ideologies which view nature as diametrically opposed to humans, and the natural world as designed for human use, have become deeply embedded in our cultural heritage, language, and more.
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