The Invention of the Countryside

Hunting, Walking and Ecology in English Literature, 1671–1831

  • Authors
  • Donna Landry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Inventing the Countryside: An Introduction

  3. From Country to Countryside

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Donna Landry
      Pages 29-53
    3. Donna Landry
      Pages 54-72
    4. Donna Landry
      Pages 73-91
    5. Donna Landry
      Pages 92-112
    6. Donna Landry
      Pages 113-142
  4. Hunting a Country

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Donna Landry
      Pages 145-167
    3. Donna Landry
      Pages 195-201
  5. Walking in the Countryside

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Donna Landry
      Pages 205-219
    3. Donna Landry
      Pages 220-229
    4. Donna Landry
      Pages 230-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-306

About this book


Today's hunting debate began in the eighteenth century, when the idea of the countryside was being invented through the imaginative displacement of agricultural production in favour of country sports and landscape tourism. Between the Game Act of 1671 and its repeal in 1831, writers on walking and hunting often held opposed views, but contributed equally to the origins of modern ecology, while sharing a commitment to trespass that preserved common rights in an era of growing privatization.


ecology English literature poem

Bibliographic information