Table of contents for Back to nature : the green and the real in the late Renaissance / Robert N. Watson.


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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



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism, Nature in literature, Pastoral literature, English History and criticism, Philosophy of nature in literature, Human ecology in literature, Renaissance England