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Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840
Edited by Brycchan Carey, Sayre Greenfield, and Anne Milne


Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840

Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840 is a collection of fourteen original essays by leading literary scholars from Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the USA.

It addresses the topic of the eighteenth-century bird in literature by examining literary representations of birds from across the world in an age of expanding European colonialism. It offers important new perspectives into the ways birds populate and generate cultural meaning in a variety of literary and non-literary genres from 1700-1840 as well as throughout a broad range of ecosystems and bioregions, including the British Isles, North America, and the Pacific.

The book considers a wide range of authors, including some of the most celebrated figures in eighteenth-century literature such as John Gay, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Anna Letitia Barbauld, William Cowper, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Bewick, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, and Gilbert White.

Full table of contents

1. Introduction
Brycchan Carey, Sayre Greenfield, and Anne Milne

2. Avian Encounters and Moral Sentiment in Poetry from Eighteenth-Century Ireland
Lucy Collins

3. Ortolans, Partridges, and Pullets: Birds as Prey in Henry Fielding's Tom Jones
Leslie Aronson

4. 'In Clouds Unnumber'd': Anna Letitia Barbauld's 'Birds and Insects', Speculative Ecology, and the Politics of Naturalism
D. T. Walker

5. Charlotte Smith and the Nightingale
Bethan Roberts

6. The Labouring-Class Bird
Nancy M. Derbyshire

7. The Language of Birds and the Language of Real Men: Wordsworth, Coleridge and the 'Best Part' of Language
Francesca Mackenney

8. 'No Parrot, Either in Morality or Sentiment': Talking Birds and Mechanical Copying in the Age of Sensibility
Alex Wetmore

9. Placing Birds in Place: Reading Habitat in Beilby's and Bewick's History of British Birds
Anne Milne

10. The Literary Gilbert White
Brycchan Carey

11. When Poet Meets Penguin: British Verse Confronts Exotic Avifauna
Sayre Greenfield

12. Bird Metaphors in Racialised Ethnographic Description, c. 1700-1800
George T. Newberry

13. 'The Incomparable Curiosity of Every Feather!': Cotton Mather's Birds
Nicholas Junkerman

14. The Passenger Pigeon and the New World Myth of Plenitude
Kevin Joel Berland


Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840 was published by Palgrave Macmillan on 22 September 2020.

Hardcover Price: UK £89.99, US $119.99

ISBN: 978-3-030-32791-0

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