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Byzantine Studies in an Age of Environmental Crisis

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

Byzantine Ecocriticism examines the ways in which the current ecological moment, often called the Anthropocene because its defining feature is anthropogenic climate change, shapes contemporary interpretations of texts written in radically different ecological contexts. An ecocritical analysis of the dozen or so vernacular tales of love and adventure written in Greek in the Byzantine Empire between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries can reveal Byzantine environmental ideologies as well as contemporary ones, thus allowing scholarship in medieval and Byzantine studies to speak to contemporary political and environmental activist movements. The introduction concludes that an ecocritical analysis of this corpus can increase our understanding of Byzantine literature and the ways in which medieval environmental ideology continues to shape the contemporary environmental crisis.

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