CLSG Conference 2020

‘Heaven and Nature’

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Virgil’s Eclogues, Shakespeare, The Lake Poets, William Cowper, Oliver Goldsmith, George Crabbe, John Clare, Richard Jefferies, James Thomson, John Ruskin, Laurie Lee etc.

David L Barnhill, ‘The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing’ in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology ed. Roger Gottlieb, 2006.
Jonathan Bate, Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition, 1991
John Berger, Into Their Labours, 1979-90.  (Trilogy moving from conquest of nature to reconciliation with it.)
Anna Bramwell, Ecology in the Twentieth Century: A History, 1989. 
Lawrence Buell, The Future of Environmental Criticism: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination, 2005.
David Brown, God and enchantment of place: reclaiming human experience, 2004
Robert Browning, ‘Caliban upon Setebos: Natural Theology; or, Natural Theology in the Island’, Robert Browning’s Poetry, eds. James F. Louks and Andrew M. Stauffer, 2007.
Timothy Burbery, ‘Ecocriticism and Christian Literary Scholarship’, Christianity and Literature, 61(2), 2012
William Cowper, The Task, 1785.
Valentine Cunningham, ‘God and nature intended you for a missionary’s wife’: Mary Hill, Jane Eyre and Other Missionary Women in the 1840s’ in Fiona Bowie, Deborah Kirkwood and Shirley Ardener, Women and Missions: Past and Present: Anthropological and Historical Perceptions, 1993.
Rebecca Davis, Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature, 2016.
Matthew Dickerson and David O’Hara, Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis, Kentucky UP, 2009.
Jonathan Edwards, ‘Personal Narrative’ or ‘On the Beauty of Creation’ in Alister McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader, 2016.
Heide Estes, Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination, 2017.
Helen Foxhall Forbes, Heaven and Earth in Anglo-Saxon England: theology and society in an age of faith, 2016.
John Gatta, Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present, OUP, 2004.
Roger S. Gottlieb (ed.), This sacred earth : religion, nature, environment, 2004.
The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology, 2006.
Religion and the Environment, 2010
Wilfred Guerin et al., ‘Ecocriticism’ in A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, 6th edn., 2011, pp. 138-141.
Joseph Hall, Heaven upon Earth or of true Peace and Tranquillitie of Minde, 1606
Richard Jefferies, The Story of my Heart, 1883.
C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, 1961.
Roger Lundin (ed.), There Before Us: Religion, Literature and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry, Eerdmans, 2007.
Bill McKibben, The End of Nature, 1989 (separation of nature and humanity, ‘We have deprived nature of its independence’)
Bill McKibben, The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job and the Scale of Creation, Eerdmans, 1994.
Nicolas Malebranche, Treatise on Nature and Grace, 1680.
Alison E. Martin, Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt's Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain, 2018.
Jonathan Merritt, Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for our Planet, NY 2010.
Alister McGrath, A Fine-tuned Universe: the quest for God in science and theology: the 2009 Gifford lectures, 2009.
Re-imagining Nature:The Promise of a Christian Natural Theology, 2017.
D.M. Mackay (ed.), Christianity in a Mechanistic Universe and Other Essays, A Symposium, 1965.
Emily St John Mandel, Station Eleven, 2014.
Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann, Science Fiction and Climate Change: A Sociological Approach, 2020.
J. Moltmann, God in Creation: An Ecological Doctrine of Creation, tr M Kohl, 1985
William Morris,.‘Art under Plutocracy’, 1883.
– , News from Nowhere, 1890.
William Paley, Natural Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, collected from the Appearances of Nature, 1802.
Vincent P. Pecora, Land and Literature in a Cosmopolitan Age, 2020.
Stuart Peterfreund, ‘Robert Browning’s Decoding of Natural Theology in “Caliban upon Setebos”’, Victorian Poetry, 43.3, 2005, pp. 317-331. 
Klaus Rignall and Valentine Cunningham (eds.), Ecology and the Literature of the British Left: The Red and the Green, 2012.
Johannes Riquet, The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics, 2020.
John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, 1871-84.
The Storm-cloud of the Nineteenth Century, 1884.
Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason, 1990.
Charlotte C. Scott, Shakespeare's Nature: From Cultivation to Culture, 2014.
Sarah Smith, ‘The Ecology of Chaos in Paradise Lost, Milton Studies 59 (2018), 31-55 (whether nature is seen as provided for mankind, and whence the chaos if the original matter used for creation was good?).
Yuxiao Su, The Discarded Image and the Debunked Tao: Objective Value in C.S. Lewisメ Medieval Model and His Critique of Modernity 2019.
James Thomson, The Seasons, 1730.
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898.
Basil Willey, The Eighteenth Century Background: Studies on the idea of nature in the thought of the period, 1946.
Raymond Williams, ‘Ideas of Nature’ (1971) in Jonathan Benthall, ed., Ecology in Theory and Practice, 1973.
The Country and the City, 1973.
Catherine Wilson, Epicureanism at the origins of modernity, 2008
–  Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction, 2015.
William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads,1798 etc.
N.T. Wright, History and Eschatology: Jesus and the Promise of Natural Theology, 2019.
David P Young, The heart's forest : a study of Shakespeare's pastoral plays 1972.
Avihu Zakai, Jonathan Edwards’s Philosophy of Nature: The Re-enchantment of the World in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, 2010.

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