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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, Heide Estes 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Acknowledgments, Dedication
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 9-34
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  1. 2. Imagining the Sea in Secular and Religious Poetry
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. 3. Ruined Landscapes
  2. pp. 61-88
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  1. 4. Rewriting Guthlac’s Wilderness
  2. pp. 89-119
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  1. 5. Animal Natures
  2. pp. 119-144
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  1. 6. Objects and Hyperobjects
  2. pp. 145-176
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  1. 7. Conclusion: Ecologies of the Past and the Future
  2. pp. 177-192
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-208
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