Our current ecological crises compel us not only to understand how contemporary media shapes our conceptions of human relationships with the environment, but also to examine the historical genealogies of such perspectives. Written during the onset of the Little Ice Age in Britain, Middle English romances provide a fascinating window into the worldviews of popular vernacular literature (and its audiences) at the close of the Middle Ages. Andrew M. Richmond shows how literary conventions of romances shaped and were in turn influenced by contemporary perspectives on the natural world. These popular texts also reveal widespread concern regarding the damaging effects of human actions and climate change. The natural world was a constant presence in the writing, thoughts, and lives of the audiences and authors of medieval English romance – and these close readings reveal that our environmental concerns go back further in our history and culture than we think.
Andrew M. Richmond is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University. A member of the Medieval Academy of America, New Chaucer Society, and American Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, his research focuses on medieval conceptions of the natural world. His articles on landscapes, waterscapes, and Middle English romance may be found in Neophilologus and other journals.
Table des matières :
Digging into Romance: An introduction
- A (disappearing?) world of opportunity
- Chasing the surf
- Across the sea
- ‘In his contrie at hame’
Conclusion: The singing bonkes of Britain.
Informations pratiques :
Andrew M. Richmond, Landscape in Middle English Romance. The Medieval Imagination and the Natural World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature). 23 x 15 cm. ISBN : 9781108831499. Prix : GBP 75.
Source : Cambridge University Press