Ted Hughes, Nature and Culture

  • Neil Roberts
  • Mark Wormald
  • Terry Gifford

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hughes and Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Neil Roberts
      Pages 39-52
    3. Danny O’Connor
      Pages 53-67
    4. Claire Heaney
      Pages 69-85
    5. James Castell
      Pages 87-106
    6. Janne Stigen Drangsholt
      Pages 125-139
  3. Hughes’s Cultural Connections

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 245-256

About this book


The fourteen contributors to this new collection of essays begin with Ted Hughes’s proposition that ‘every child is nature’s chance to correct culture’s error.’ Established Hughes scholars alongside new voices draw on a range of approaches to explore the intricate relationships between the natural world and cultural environments — political, as well as geographical — which his work unsettles. Combining close readings of his encounters with animals and places, and explorations of the poets who influenced him, these essays reveal Ted Hughes as a writer we still urgently need. Hughes helps us manage, in his words, ‘the powers of the inner world and the stubborn conditions of the other world, under which ordinary men and women have to live’. 



Ecocriticism Nature writing Animal Environment Pastoral Fishing History Myth Influence

Editors and affiliations

  • Neil Roberts
    • 1
  • Mark Wormald
    • 2
  • Terry Gifford
    • 3
  1. 1.School of English Literature, Language and LinguisticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Pembroke CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Bath Spa University BathUK

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