Intervenes in debates about climate change and extinction and poetry’s role in environmental awareness and activism
Offers insights on how race, gender, and sexuality inflect writers’ responses to the Anthropocene
Shows how poets are breaking disciplinary boundaries, collaborating with scientists and joining activist movements
Part of the book series: Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment (LCE)
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Table of contents (9 chapters)
About this book
Anthropocene Poetry: Place, Environment and Planet argues that the idea of the Anthropocene is inspiring new possibilities for poetry. It can also change the way we read and interpret poems. If environmental poetry was once viewed as linked to place, this book shows how poets are now grappling with environmental issues from the local to the planetary: climate change and the extinction crisis, nuclear weapons and waste, plastic pollution and the petroleum industry. This book intervenes in debates about culture and science, traditional poetic form and experimental ecopoetics, to show how poets are collaborating with environmental scientists and joining environmental activist movements to respond to this time of crisis. From the canonical work of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, to award-winning poets Alice Oswald, Pascale Petit, Kei Miller, and Karen McCarthy Woolf, this book explores major figures from the past alongside acclaimed contemporary voices. It reveals Seamus Heaney’s support for conservation causes and Ted Hughes’s astonishingly forward-thinking research on climate change; it discusses how Pascale Petit has given poetry to Extinction Rebellion and how Karen McCarthy Woolf set sail with scientists to write about plastic pollution. This book deploys research on five poetry archives in the UK, USA and Ireland, and the author’s insider insights into the commissioning processes and collaborative methods that shaped important contemporary poetry publications. Anthropocene Poetry finds that environmental poetry is flourishing in the face of ecological devastation. Such poetry speaks of the anxieties and dilemmas of our age, and searches for paths towards resilience and resistance.
- climate change
- climate change writing
- Literature and the Environment
Terry Gifford, Profesor Honorífico, Universidad de Alicante and Research Fellow, Bath Spa University.
Authors and Affiliations
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
About the author
Yvonne Reddick is Reader in English Literature and Creative Writing at University of Central Lancashire, UK. She is the author of Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet (Palgrave 2017) and Burning Season (Bloodaxe 2023). She is joint editor of Magma: The Anthropocene Issue (2019), and she wrote and presented the environmental documentary Searching for Snow Hares (2023), directed by Aleks Domanski.
Book Title: Anthropocene Poetry
Book Subtitle: Place, Environment, and Planet
Authors: Yvonne Reddick
Series Title: Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39388-4Published: 04 November 2023
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39391-4Due: 18 November 2024
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-39389-1Published: 03 November 2023
Series ISSN: 2946-3157
Series E-ISSN: 2946-3165
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XIII, 389
Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour