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dc.contributor.advisorSchieberle, Misty
dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Ann Marie
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-08T19:06:15Z
dc.date.available2017-01-08T19:06:15Z
dc.date.issued2014-05-31
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:13382
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/22525
dc.description.abstractIn my dissertation I challenge standing views of the Middle Ages by forging a connection between current ecocritical theory and the representation of the environment in Medieval literature. Grounding my argument with historical texts on wildlife and land management, I explore perspectives toward property, man's role as God's designated guardian over nature in former ages, and the relationships pre-modern writers constructed between society and nature. My project takes a broad view: beginning with the earliest documented English concerns about land in Beowulf, and then focusing on The Canterbury Tales, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I trace the extent to which medieval attitudes toward land use, landscape beautification, and woodland delineation developed within the emerging English nation. I conclude the project by arguing that these medieval perspectives shaped modern views on nature. Such a transhistorical framework allows me to challenge the still-dominant assumption that environmental awareness is a relatively recent development. I argue instead that medieval attitudes constitute a crucially important pre-history to our modern views regarding the use, exploitation, and sustainability of the environment.
dc.format.extent170 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectLiterature
dc.subjectMedieval literature
dc.subjectEnvironmental studies
dc.subjectBritish Literature
dc.subjectEnvironmental Studies
dc.subjectMedieval
dc.subjectMiddle English
dc.subjectOld English
dc.titleThe Medieval Green Age: Environmentalism and English Literature in the Middle Ages
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberde Sousa, Geraldo U
dc.contributor.cmtememberCaminero-Santangelo, Byron
dc.contributor.cmtememberGrund, Peter
dc.contributor.cmtememberJewers, Caroline
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineEnglish
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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