Myth, Place and Ecopoetry: a Poetic and Writerly Investigation

Middleton, Rowan (2013) Myth, Place and Ecopoetry: a Poetic and Writerly Investigation. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The creative component of this thesis consists of a collection of original ecopoems that draw on selected myths of the 'archipelagic' region of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These include fairy tales, The Mabinogion and other Celtic stories, which are re-imagined into ecopoems that relate to issues such as the overuse of pesticides, genetically modified crops and animal welfare. The accompanying writerly discourse traces my poems' original contribution to knowledge through their inclusive use of pagan and Christian mythology, their emphasis on mythical practices relating to gardening and arable agriculture and their use of the mythical motif of seasonal conflict. This is achieved by situating my work within the broader context of contemporary ecopoets who have drawn on the links between myth and place in their work, including Katie Donovan, Jeremy Hooker, Ted Hughes, David Morley, Alice Oswald and Gary Snyder. I examine the work of these poets alongside my own in the light of aspects of current ecopoetical debate and other related ecological discourse and praxis such as ecofeminism. This is achieved through the work of Jonathan Bate, Jacob Bull and · Michael Leyshon, Jill H. Casid, Donna Haraway, Scott Knickerbocker, Timothy Morton, Em Strang and others. Their ideas enable me to interrogate some of the different ways in which myth has been used in ecopoetry, as well as outlining what an imaginative and flexible approach to using the myths of a particular place can offer in an age where environmental issues span an interconnected world.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Mcloughlin, Nigelnmcloughlin@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hughes, Johnjhughes@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poetry; Myth; Ecopoetry; Place; Fairy tales; Celtic stories
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1 Literary history and criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 12:35
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 17:41
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6395

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