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Part I. Introduction: The Green and the Real 1. Ecology, Epistemology, and Empiricism 3 2. Theology, Semiotics, and Literature 36 Part II. Paradoxes: Alienation from Nature in English Literature 3. As You Liken It: Simile in the Forest 77 4. Shades of Green: Marvell's Garden and the Mowers 108 Part III. Reformations: Protestant Politics, Poetics, and Paintings 5. Metaphysical and Cavalier Styles of Consciousness 137 6. The Retreat of God, the Passions of Nature, and the Objects of Dutch Painting 166 7. Nature in Two Dimensions: Perspective and Presence in Ryckaert, Vermeer, and Others 226 Part IV. Solutions: The Consolations of Mediation 8. Metal and Flesh in The Merchant of Venice- Shining Substitutes and Approximate Values 257 9. Thomas Traherne: The World as Present 297