In this volume, emerging and established scholars bring ethical and political concerns for the environment, nonhuman animals and social justice to the study of nineteenth-century visual culture. They draw their theoretical inspiration from the vitality of emerging critical discourses, such as new materialism, ecofeminism, critical animal studies, food studies, object-oriented ontology and affect theory. This timely volume looks back at the early decades of the Anthropocene to query the agency of visual culture to critique, create and maintain more resilient and biologically diverse local and global ecologies.
1. Introduction: Ecocriticism and the Anthropocene in Nineteenth Century Art and Visual Culture - Maura Coughlin and Emily Gephart; 2. "A Demonstration to the World:" Art, Political Ecology, and the Global American Civil War - Alan Braddock; 3. Crafting "Nature": Ecocriticism, Environmental Violence, and the Transnational Arts and Crafts Movement - Rosie Ibbotson; 4. An Ecolonial Reassessment of the Indian Craze: Elbridge Ayer Burbank and Standing Bear - Jessica Horton; 5. The Panama Canal Zone as Hybrid Landscape: A Case Study - Sarah Moore; 6. "A Gruesome Sight": Randolph Rogers’s Nydia in A Marble World - Laura Turner Igoe; 7. Cryoscapes: Snow and Fantasies of Freezing in the Art of George Henry Durrie - George Philip LeBourdais; 8. Picturing Industrial Landscapes: Ecocriticism in Constantin Meunier’s and Maximilien Luce’s Paintings of Belgium’s Black Country - Corina Weidinger; 9. Ruskin’s Storm-Cloud and Tyndall’s Blue Sky: New Materialist Diffractions of Nineteenth- century Atmospheres - Polly Gould; 10. Gilded Age Dining: Eco-Anxiety, Fisheries Management, and the Presidential China of Rutherford B. Hayes - Naomi Slipp; 11. Shifting Baselines, or Reading Art through Fish - Maura Coughlin; 12. "A Better Acquaintanceship with Our Fellows of the Wild": George Shiras and the Limits of Trap Camera Photography - Jessica Landau; 13. Petting Billy: Albert Laessle’s Significant Other(ness) - Annie Ronan; 14. Looking at Leviathan: The First Live Cetaceans in Britain - Kelly Bushnell; 15. How to Wear the Feather: Bird Hats and Ecocritical Aesthetics - Emily Gephart and Michael Rossi; 16. Visualizations of "Nature": Entomology and Ecological Envisioning in the art of Willem Roelofs and Vincent van Gogh - Joan Greer; 17. Coffee House Slip: Ecocriticism and Global Trade in Francis Guy’s Tontine Coffee House, N.Y.C. - Caroline Gillaspie; 18. "A Haunch of a Countess": John Constable and the Deer Park at Helmingham Hall - Kimberly Rhodes; 19. Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson - Shana Klein