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The Resource Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons", by Dallin G. Lewis

Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons", by Dallin G. Lewis

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Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons"
Title
Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons"
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by Dallin G. Lewis
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eng
Summary
Ecocriticism has focused its attention heavily on literary works that lionize nature while largely ignoring those texts or periods that appear not to share its same eco-political proclivities. Hence, the eighteenth century--branded as a time when man sought to dominate nature--has largely been ignored by ecocritics while the Romantic period has been generally lauded. However, James Thomson's The Seasons offers a propitious chance to explore how the eighteenth century and its theories of nature resonate in the enviro-writing of Romantics like William Wordsworth. In particular, Thomson's poem adds a new perspective to the ongoing debate concerning theory's place in ecocriticism. Some scholars have argued that the ignoring of literary theory has minimzed ecocriticism's voice in academia and has weakened its overall rigor; these critics have strived to more fully evaluate the role of human influence in conceptualizing the natural world. Thomson's "industry, " shaped by Newtonian physics and contemporary environmental theories, exemplifies the fusion of "nature-culture" that Dana Phillips argues should be the new paradigm of ecocriticism. Best understood in light of Martin Heidegger's idea of "dwelling, " industry mediates the natural world so that humanity can both live within it and appreciate its sublimity simultaneously. Wordsworth, a big fan of Thomson's, appropriates these ideas into his own nature writing, as can be seen in "The Ruined Cottage" and "Home at Grasmere, " demonstrating a stronger ecological connection between his period and the Enlightenment than has previously been thought
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UPB
Dissertation note
Honors Thesis--Brigham Young University. Dept. of English, 2009.
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons", by Dallin G. Lewis
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, leaves 33-36
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
vi, 36 leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793888180
Label
Industry and dwelling in James Thomson's "The Seasons", by Dallin G. Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, leaves 33-36
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
vi, 36 leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn793888180

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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