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Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature - Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840

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This book examines literary representations of birds from across the world in anage of expanding European colonialism. It offers important new perspectives intothe ways birds populate and generate cultural meaning in a variety of literary andnon-literary genres from 1700-1840 as well as throughout a broad range ofecosystems and bioregions. It considers a wide range of authors, including someof the most celebrated figures in eighteenth-century literature such as John Gay,Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Anna Letitia Barbauld, William Cowper, MaryWollstonecraft, Thomas Bewick, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, andGilbert White.

List of contents

1. Introduction; Brycchan Carey, Sayre Greenfield, and Anne Milne.- 2. Avian Encounters and Moral Sentiment in Poetry from Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Lucy Collins.- 3. Ortolans, Partridges, and Pullets: Birds as Prey in Henry Fielding's Tom Jones; Leslie Aronson.- 4. 'In Clouds Unnumber'd': Anna Letitia Barbauld's 'Birds and Insects', Speculative Ecology, and the Politics of Naturalism; D. T. Walker.- 5. Charlotte Smith and the Nightingale; Bethan Roberts.- 6. The Labouring-Class Bird; Nancy M. Derbyshire.- 7. The Language of Birds and the Language of Real Men: Wordsworth, Coleridge and the 'Best Part' of Language; Francesca Mackenney.- 8. 'No Parrot, Either in Morality or Sentiment': Talking Birds and Mechanical Copying in the Age of Sensibility; Alex Wetmore.- 9. Placing Birds in Place: Reading Habitat in Beilby's and Bewick's History of British Birds; Anne Milne.- 10. The Literary Gilbert White; Brycchan Carey.- 11. When Poet Meets Penguin: British Verse Confronts Exotic Avifauna; Sayre Greenfield.- 12. Bird Metaphors in Racialised Ethnographic Description, c. 1700-1800'; George T. Newberry.- 13.'The Incomparable Curiosity of Every Feather!': Cotton Mather's Birds; Nicholas Junkerman.- 14. The Passenger Pigeon and the New World Myth of Plenitude; Kevin Joel Berland.


About the author

Brycchan Carey is Professor of English at Northumbria University, Newcastle
upon Tyne, UK. The author of numerous publications on eighteenth-century
literature and culture, his monographs include British Abolitionism and the
Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760-1807 (2005) and
From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery,
1657-1761 (2012).

Sayre Greenfield is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at
Greensburg, USA. He has been a research fellow at Chawton House Library and
has recently contributed an essay on Shakespearean allusions to The Cambridge
Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare and various essays on Austen to Persuasions:
The Jane Austen Journal. He is also the co-editor of Jane Austen in Hollywood
(2001) and the author of The Ends of Allegory (1998).

Anne Milne is Lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. She
was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in
Munich, Germany (2011) and published 'Lactilla Tends Her Fav'rite Cow': Ecocritical
Readings of Animals and Women in Eighteenth-Century British Labouring-Class
Women's Poetry in 2008. Her research highlights animals, environment, and local
cultural production in eighteenth-century British poetry.

Product details

Assisted by Brycchan Carey (Editor), Sayr Greenfield (Editor), Sayre Greenfield (Editor), Anne Milne (Editor)
Publisher Springer, Berlin
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 07.10.2021
EAN 9783030327941
ISBN 978-3-0-3032794-1
No. of pages 284
Dimensions 148 mm x 16 mm x 210 mm
Illustrations XIV, 284 p. 9 illus.
Series Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Subject Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative literary studies

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