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In William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship, Scott Hess explores Wordsworth’s defining role in establishing what he designates as "the ecology of authorship": a primarily middle-class, nineteenth-century conception of nature associated with aesthetics, high culture, individualism, and nation. Instead of viewing Wordsworth as an early ecologist, Hess places him within a context that is largely cultural and aesthetic. The supposedly universal Wordsworthian vision of nature, Hess argues, was in this sense specifically male, middle-class, professional, and culturally elite—factors that continue to shape the environmental movement today.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Picturesque Vision, Photographic Subjectivity, and the (Un)framing of Nature
  2. pp. 21-67
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  1. 2. Wordsworth Country: The Lake District and the Landscape of Genius
  2. pp. 68-115
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  1. 3. Wordsworth’s Environmental Protest: The Kendal and Windermere Railroad and the Cultural Politics of Nature
  2. pp. 116-155
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  1. 4. The Lake District and the Museum of Nature
  2. pp. 156-186
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  1. 5. “My Endless Way”: Travel, Gender, and the Imaginative Colonization of Nature
  2. pp. 187-222
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  1. Epilogue: The Ecology of Authorship versus the Ecology of Community
  2. pp. 223-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-262
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-290
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  1. Further Reading
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813932316
Related ISBN
9780813932309
MARC Record
OCLC
793806504
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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