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Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire

Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer


Victorian England was both the world’s first industrial society and its most powerful global empire. Ecological Form coordinates those facts to show how one version of the Anthropocene first emerged into visibility in the nineteenth century. Many of that era’s most sophisticated observers recognized that the systemic interconnections and global scale of both empire and ecology posed challenges best examined through aesthetic form. Using “ecological formalism” to open new dimensions to our understanding of the Age of Coal, contributors reconsider Victorian literary structures in light of enviro ... More

Keywords: Anthropocene, climate change, ecological formalism, ecology, empire, Victorian literature, scale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282128
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan K. Hensley, editor
Georgetown University

Philip Steer, editor
Massey University