Modernism in the Green collects ten new ecocritical essays and provides a substantial introduction to them focused on the intersection of literary texts, visual representations, architecture, urban planning documents and actual or putatively “green” environments as they were created, emerged, or were defined from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in the US, UK, and (mostly) Western Europe. Adopting an expansive contemporary approach to ecocriticism, the editors indicate that they have encouraged a “capacious” and inclusive frame of reference and interplay across the binary nature-culture divide (3). Consequently, this is not an introductory volume. While ensuring that references are well documented (an exception is a reference to work by John Evelev embedded but obscure on page 45), the editors assume that readers will be able to construe contexts readily and actively follow shifting critical perspectives. Regarding the words “green” and “the green,” Daniel and Konkol point to their gnarly...
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Book Review| May 11 2021
Modernism in the Green: Public Greens in Modern Literature and Culture
Modernism in the Green: Public Greens in Modern Literature and CultureEdited by Daniel, Julia E. and Konkol, Margaret
2020. 219 pp. $160.00 (hardcover).
William Carlos Williams Review (2021) 38 (1): 72–76.
Stephen Hahn; Modernism in the Green: Public Greens in Modern Literature and Culture. William Carlos Williams Review 11 May 2021; 38 (1): 72–76. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/willcarlwillrevi.38.1.0072
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