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Climate and the Making of Worlds: Toward a Geohistorical Poetics

Tobias Menely


Climate and the Making of Worlds develops a materialist ecocriticism, tracking the imprint of the planetary across a long history of poetic rewritings and critical readings in which what is at stake is the climate as a condition of human world making. It offers a geohistorical interpretation of the shifts associated with three phases in the history of English poetry: baroque allegory, Augustan description, and romantic lyric. Modal change indexes key stages in the epochal transition as Britain developed from an agrarian society, embedded in the climate system and subject to its shocks, to an i ... More

Keywords: literary criticism, ecocriticism, poetics, English poetry, energy humanities, earth system, climate change, Little Ice Age, geohistory, Fredric Jameson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226776149
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226776316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias Menely, author
University of California, Davis