Abstract

abstract:

This article reads Hardy's representation of Egdon Heath in The Return of the Native (1878) against the ecology and environmental history of English heathland to challenge a growing consensus that sees Hardy as an ecological thinker. Hardy's writings fall short of ecological understanding, I argue, because his vision of humans entangled with an animated but deeply inhuman landscape creates affective and scalar tensions that falsely cast interspecies interdependence as ominous and alienating.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-7303
Print ISSN
0040-4691
Pages
pp. 149-177
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-07
Open Access
No
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