Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes

Ecotheory and the Anglo-Saxon Environmental Imagination

Heide Estes

Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes

Heide Estes

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

208 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089649447 Published December 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Literary scholars have traditionally understood landscapes, whether natural or manmade, as metaphors for humanity instead of concrete settings for people’s actions. This book accepts the natural world as such by investigating how Anglo-Saxons interacted with and conceived of their lived environments. Examining Old English poems, such as Beowulf and Judith, as well as descriptions of natural events from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other documentary texts, Heide Estes shows that Anglo-Saxon ideologies that view nature as diametrically opposed to humans, and the natural world as designed for human use, have become deeply embedded in our cultural heritage, language, and more.
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