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Beyond ecocriticism: a cosmocritical reading of Ælfwine's prayerbook

Phelpstead, Carl 2018. Beyond ecocriticism: a cosmocritical reading of Ælfwine's prayerbook. Review of English Studies 69 (291) , pp. 613-631. 10.1093/res/hgy037

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Abstract

Whereas previous scholarship on the early eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon compilation known as Ælfwine’s Prayerbook has focused on particular kinds of material it contains, this article takes account of the full range of texts and images in the manuscript in order to understand it as a whole. To do so, the essay establishes a new theoretical framework based on a critique of ecocriticism. Bringing contemporary African environmental thinking into dialogue with Martin Heidegger’s account of human dwelling and his concept of the fourfold permits a broader and more historically appropriate conception of that which is other than human. An analysis of the contents of Ælfwine’s Prayerbook in terms of this framework is followed by a conclusion setting out the wider potential application of the approach developed in this essay.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0034-6551
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 April 2018
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 23:28
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111335

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