Ruskin and late-Victorian ecocrisis: Anthropocene readings of environmental (dis) order, disaster, and pollution

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

This paper reads some familiar moments in Ruskin's environmental writings through recent ecocritical interest in boundaries, sovereignty, and slow violence. It will consider Ruskinian thought alongside other fictional and non-fictional interventions from the period, focusing on the ways in which late-Victorian discourse draws attention to collapsing or problematised boundary formations (human/non-human; nature/culture; natural and human histories), and vindicating Allen Macduffie's claim that the period witnesses 'the stirrings of an imaginative apprehension of what the chemist Paul Crutzen has termed the Anthropocene'.
Period8 Feb 2019
Event titleRuskin, Science and the Environment Conference
Event typeConference
LocationOxford, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • John Ruskin, environment, ecology, pollution, Richard Jefferies, ecocrisis, Anthropocene