Romantic revelations : visions of post-apocalyptic life and hope in the Anthropocene / Chris Washington.

Washington, Chris (David Christopher), 1980- author.
Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2019] , ©2019
ix, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Apocalyptic literature -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
End of the world in literature.
Apocalyptic literature.
End of the world in literature.
English literature.
Great Britain.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
"Romantic Revelations shows that the nonhuman is fundamental to Romanticism's political responses to climatic catastrophes. Exploring what he calls "post-apocalyptic Romanticism," Chris Washington intervenes in the critical conversation that has long defined Romanticism as an apocalyptic field. "Apocalypse" means "the revelation of a perfected world," which sees Romanticism's back-to-nature environmentalism as a return to paradise and peace on earth. Romantic Revelations, however, demonstrates that the destructive climate change events of 1816, "the year without a summer," changed Romantic thinking about the environment and the end of the world. Their post-apocalyptic visions correlate to the beginning of the Anthropocene, the time when humans initiated the possible extinction of their own species and potentially the earth. Rather than constructing paradises where humans are reborn or human existence ends, the later Romantics are interested in how to survive in the ashes after great social and climatic global disasters. Romantic Revelations argues that Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, John Clare, and Jane Austen sketch out a post-apocalyptic world that is paradoxically the vision that offers us hope. Washington contends that these authors craft an optimistic vision of the future that leads to a new politics."-- Provided by publisher.
The Mind is its Own Place: What Percy Shelley's Mountain Did not Say
No More Cakes and Ale, Only Oil Slicks: Mary Shelley’s Post-Apocalyptic State of Nature
Byron’s Speculative Turn: The Biopolitics of Paradise
Birds Do It, Bees Do It: John Clare, Biopolitics, and the Nonhuman Origins of Love
The Best of all Possible End of the Worlds: Jane Austen’s Frankenstein, or, Love in the Ruins.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-245) and index.
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