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Conclusion: The Eco-Cosmopolitanism of Byron’s Nature



Byron’s cultural ecology characterizes the dynamic interdependencies between nature and culture as operating on a global scale, in contrast to most other Romantics, who work to preserve local, natural areas apart from modernity’s techno-domination. As many have remarked, eco-localism, the primary environmental strategy coming out of a Wordsworthian nature aesthetic, fails to address the global threat to ecosystem flourishing. In contrast, Byron’s eco-cosmopolitanism considers that a threat to any place is a threat to all places, pointing toward a contrasting environmental strategy of global collaboration for climate justice. Wordsworth’s nature and Byron’s nature form complementary poles of in the highly contested, broad environmental discourse of the Romantic period.


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