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“‘For you, pollution’: The Victorian Novel and a Human Ecology. Disraeli’s Sibyl and Gaskell’s Mary Barton”

Parham, John “‘For you, pollution’: The Victorian Novel and a Human Ecology. Disraeli’s Sibyl and Gaskell’s Mary Barton”. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism (14). ISSN Print: 1468-8417 Online: 2168-1414

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Abstract

Catherine Gallagher, in The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel locates the interest of Victorian literature in its deconstruction of boundaries. Her notion of a ‘dialectical synthesis’, in the novel, between Victorian political economy and ‘the unique, nonfungible properties of things’ and ‘noninstrumental nature of people’ (2006: 1) might, in turn, inform a less dichotomous ecological theory that would substitute (broadly) romantic, deep ecology with a more dialectical understanding in which the now recognised complexity of ecological systems would extend to encompass the human realm including, ultimately, issues around environmental injustice.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Depositing User: John Parham
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 10:22
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 18:56
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1829

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