Introduction: Byron’s Nature

Chapter

Abstract

Hubbell introduces a long overdue analysis of Lord Byron’s ecological thought, starting with an explanation of why Byron has been marginal to ecocritical discussions of Romantic nature. Drawing on recent cultural and scientific ecology, Hubbell argues that Byron’s understanding of nature was very different from dominant, Romantic ideas in the period. Byron recognized that nature and culture are composed of multiscale, semi-autonomous, dynamic, linked systems evolving at different rates of speed. Not only does this idea of nature underwrite Byron’s aesthetic, political, ethical, and economic theories of culture, it also positions him to describe cultural ecosystems on a cosmopolitan scale. Byron’s nature considerably broadens current understandings of Romantic nature.

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  1. 1.Susquehanna UniversitySelinsgroveUSA

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