Late Holocene Poetics: Genre and Geohistory in Beachy Head

  title={Late Holocene Poetics: Genre and Geohistory in Beachy Head},
  author={Tobias Menely},
  journal={European Romantic Review},
  pages={307 - 314}
ABSTRACT Might we read the changing work of literary genre as a signature of the Holocene–Anthropocene transition, a symbolic parallel to the lithostratigraphic markers sought by geologists? I argue that the rise and fall of rural descriptive poetry in Britain may index an early but formative phase of this epochal transition. Charlotte Smith’s “Beachy Head” (1807) is my example of a late Holocene poetics closely attuned to the planetary forces energizing capitalism as a world ecology but… 
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