Deserted Village and Animated Nature: An Ecocritical Approach to Oliver Goldsmith

Carey, Brycchan (2015) Deserted Village and Animated Nature: An Ecocritical Approach to Oliver Goldsmith. In: Voice and Context in Eighteenth-Century Verse: Order in Variety. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 117-132. ISBN 978-1137487629

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Abstract

‘Deserted Village and Animated Nature: An Ecocritical Approach to Oliver Goldsmith’ offers an ecocritical reading of Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 poem The Deserted Village, arguing that a practical understanding of botany, zoology, and hydrology may help readers to understand the long-standing debate over the location of Auburn: the community at the heart of the poem. Comparing Goldsmith’s depiction of Auburn’s rivers, plants, and birds with his scientific accounts of the same features and species in his 1774 History of the Earth and Animated Nature, Carey shows that Auburn is unlikely to be a literal depiction of Nuneham Courtney in Oxfordshire, nor can it precisely be identified with Lissoy in Ireland. Instead, it is best understood as an imaginary location, constructed to meet the demands of the pastoral elegy form, and reflecting multiple and sometimes contradictory viewpoints of a changing landscape.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Brycchan Carey
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 11:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28561

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