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This groundbreaking new volume unites eighteenth-century studies and the environmental humanities, showcasing how these fields can vibrantly benefit one another. In eleven chapters that engage a variety of eighteenth-century texts, contributors explore timely themes and topics such as climate change, new materialisms, the blue humanities, indigeneity and decoloniality, and green utopianism. Additionally, each chapter reflects on pedagogical concerns, asking: How do we teach eighteenth-century environmental humanities? With particular attention to the voices of early-career scholars who bring cutting-edge perspectives, these essays highlight vital and innovative trends that can enrich both disciplines, making them essential for classroom use.
About the Author
Jeremy Chow is an assistant professor of English at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His scholarship explores the relationships among eighteenth-century literature and culture, the environmental humanities, and gender and sexuality studies.
“A welcome teaching tool for the undergraduate course in eighteenth-century studies—if you want to integrate environmental studies into your class but don’t know where to begin, start here.” — Lucinda Cole
“A field-defining collection, Eighteenth-Century Environmental Humanities demonstrates how the emergent methodologies of the environmental humanities illuminate and are in turn enriched by the study of eighteenth-century history and cultural production.” — Peter Remien
"This innovative collection brilliantly addresses the challenge of studying and teaching the eighteenth century from an Anthropocene vantage. The wide-ranging essays explore the meaning of environmental justice for eighteenth-century writers reckoning with the socio-ecological violence of transatlantic empire." — Tobias Menely
“A provocative and compelling case for centering the eighteenth century within environmental humanities. This interdisciplinary collection of essays will be of great interest and lasting value to literary scholars and teachers, and it will serve as a touchstone for all future work at the intersections of eighteenth-century studies and the environmental humanities.” — Seth Reno