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Precedents to sustainability in nineteenth-century literature and culture

This essay argues for a more historicised conception of sustainability that transcends contemporary preoccupations (e.g. with climate change) in constituting part of modernity’s long counter-tradition. It is suggested that proto-ecological discourses of sustainability emerged from the formulation of the concept of ‘environment’ (milieu) in nineteenth-century European intellectual culture before being articulated in literary works informed by that tradition. The essay looks at William Morris’ News from Nowhere (1890) and, in detail, at Emile Zola’s La Terre (1887). Zola’s novel is imbued with the ambiance (Leo Spitzer) of an environment coloured by the struggle of reconciling human, social, and economic needs with the earth. Sharing contemporary preoccupations – the possibilities and perils of technology, global capitalism, human folly – Zola concluded that human sustenance compels careful, productive action in environments we must ‘cultivate […] in order not to starve’. Far from offering a template for the ‘stationary state’, Zola recognised, as should we, that sustainability is a dialectical, contingent, ongoing project.

in Literature and sustainability

education’ itself. I will not engage with these critiques directly, nor will I  address the question of trigger warnings in a full and systematic manner (trigger warnings are rather remote from the pedagogic scene in which I  have been taught to teach).3 What has interested me is how these critiques have created a general impression: positing a hurt, traumatised or hypersensitive student against the rigorous demands of intellectual culture. The figure of the too-​easily-​hurt student is familiar to anyone coming out of Women’s Studies: indeed many of the charges against

in The power of vulnerability
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distinct lull in the contribution to philosophy from England. The point here is that both Adam and Hume were part of this Scottish intellectual culture. It is no coincidence that the pioneer of European neo-classical painting in the time of Adam was another Scot, Gavin Hamilton. Must this mean that Adam, by virtue of being an part of a Scottish intelligentsia (which Pevsner does not so much deny as side-step), cannot be part of the English tradition? Well, no it does not mean that, Norquay_11_Ch10 175 22/3/02, 10:08 am 176 Cultural negotiations but the point is

in Across the margins
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Henry James reads George Eliot

is an anxiety of influence which is unmistakably maternal – but reading George Eliot was, quite dramatically, to help him grow out of it. There was, however, already at least one sign that amid his haste to point out her weaknesses James was paying attention to Eliot with an eye to his own embryonic creative interests. He appreciated the reflection of her ‘intellectual culture’ in her style: ‘a style the secret of whose force is the union of the tenderest sympathies with a body of knowledge so ample and so active as to be absolutely free from pedantry’.13 It seems

in Special relationships