Ecocriticism, Ecomimesis, and the Romantic Roots of Modern Ethical Consumption

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Title

Ecocriticism, Ecomimesis, and the Romantic Roots of Modern Ethical Consumption

Creator

Date

2009

Abstract

Increased awareness of the topic of environmental sustainability has prompted development in literary studies of the research area known as ecocriticsm, which studies the relationship of literature and the environment. One of the prime areas of ecocritical research is the British Romantic period and its embrace of nature. This research is also known as green Romanticism or Romantic ecology. Timothy Morton’s 2007 book Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics is a noteworthy critical analysis of the field. This article reviews Morton's analysis, especially his concept of ecomimesis and the vocabulary he employs to outline its attributes. It also situates ecomimesis in the larger field of media studies. Finally, the article takes up Morton's critique of the relationship between Romanticism and consumerism to suggest another area of research: the Romantic roots of modern ethical consumption.

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Journal Title

Literature Compass

Journal Volume & Issue

vol. 6, iss. 3

Subject Terms

Romanticism; Romantic; ethical consumption; ecocriticism; ecomimesis; ecology; media studies

Page Range

632-646

Peer-Reviewed

Yes

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Files

Carducci_ecocriticism.pdf

Citation

Vince Carducci, “Ecocriticism, Ecomimesis, and the Romantic Roots of Modern Ethical Consumption,” CCS Research Repository, accessed May 18, 2024, https://omeka.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/items/show/39.

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