Eco-consciousness: Climates and Ecologies of 18th-C Literature

Spring 2018-2019

23190

Caroline Heller

Given our present-day concerns about political climates and ecological consciousness, this course returns to the eighteenth century to analyze how writers interpreted climate and ecology back then. In the context of agricultural, industrial, and political revolutions, this class will explore how writers like Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, John Clare understood both political and ecological climates like colonialism, women’s rights, class revolutions, and natural history. (Fiction, Poetry, 1650-1830, Theory)