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An Ecocritical Exploration Of The Unique Nature Of Early Modern Oceans In The Blazing World And The Tempest

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An Ecocritical Exploration Of The Unique Nature Of Early Modern Oceans In The Blazing World And The Tempest

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dc.contributor.author Earnest, Marykathryn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-03T21:52:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-03T21:52:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-03
dc.date.submitted January 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-10967 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5502
dc.description.abstract Early modern perceptions of oceanic space diverged from standard perceptions of nature on land (or land-nature) because oceans presented a different type of wilderness. Because oceans defied early modern definitions of nature, they refused to support the developing mechanistic approach in the way that land-nature did. My argument begins with a chapter exploring science and nature in the early modern period. My second chapter expands this demonstration with an exploration of The Tempest. Shakespeare's self-reflexivity and exploration of boundaries in representing islands and oceans exemplifies their liminal position within nature. In my final chapter, I examine Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World to examine how the liminal position of oceans within the humankind-nature paradigm necessitated a hybrid mechanistic-organic relationship and representation. These explorations illuminate how oceans, as an extraterrestrial space distanced from traditional, terrestrial nature, constituted a different kind of natural phenomenon and contributed to a global mentality. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Tigner, Amy en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher English en_US
dc.title An Ecocritical Exploration Of The Unique Nature Of Early Modern Oceans In The Blazing World And The Tempest en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Tigner, Amy en_US
dc.degree.department English en_US
dc.degree.discipline English en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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