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Against Sustainability: Reading Nineteenth-Century America in the Age of Climate Crisis

Michelle Neely

Abstract

Against Sustainability responds to twenty-first-century environmental crisis not by seeking the origins of U.S. environmental problems, but by returning to the nineteenth-century literary, cultural, and scientific contexts that gave rise to many of our most familiar environmental solutions. In readings that juxtapose antebellum and contemporary writers such as Walt Whitman and Lucille Clifton, George Catlin and Louise Erdrich, and Herman Melville and A. S. Byatt, the book reconnects sustainability, recycling, and preservation with nineteenth-century U.S. contexts such as industrial farming, co ... More

Keywords: antebellum, anthropocene, Dickinson, environmentalism, literature, Melville, nineteenth century, slavery, Thoreau, Whitman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288229
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288229.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Neely, author
Connecticut College