One of the central arguments of Old English Ecotheology is that the poetry of the Exeter Book reflects the material and environmental conditions of the culture that produced it. I like to think that Old English Ecotheology is similarly reflective of the landscapes and environmental forces I encountered while writing the book. For day two of my fourteen-day promotional extravaganza, I’m sharing some photos of spaces that inspired me while writing and revising this project.
As I compiled the index entry for “sea,” I thought about the all the coasts I’ve been lucky enough to visit since beginning this book. [R-L: Nassau, Bahamas, 5/6/21; Shelter Island, New York, 6/5/18; Seaside, Oregon, 2/1/21]
A central theme of this book is the inescapable interconnectedness of “human” and “natural” realms of activity. [R-L: New York City in the snow, 10/17/19; snowmelt floods the Spokane river, 4/28/21; the ruins at Chichen Itza, 3/9/18]
The best ideas come when you’re least expecting them: for me, that often means while I’m skiing, kayaking, or hiking. [Clockwise from left: Chewelah Mountain, Washington, 1/11/20; Town Lake, Austin, Texas, 7/11/17; Kettle Falls, Washington, 6/1/19]