David McCallam, Reader in French Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sheffield, has just released his new book:
Volcanoes in Eighteenth-Century Europe: An Essay in Environmental Humanities
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
This study explores the explosive history of volcanoes and volcanic thought in eighteenth-century Europe. The volcano emerges as a privileged ‘tool for thinking’ about continental tourism, new earth sciences, the sublime and picturesque in art, industrial and political revolution, conceptions of the nation-state, and early modern climate change. The volcano is clearly transnational; this research demonstrates how it is fundamentally transdisciplinary.
· A model transdisciplinary study, combining travel literature, scientific writings, art criticism, philosophical speculation, political rhetoric, and climatological and ecological investigations.
· It draws on primary sources in several languages, including English, French, Italian and German.
· This study provides a major contribution to the emerging environmental understanding of the European Enlightenment.
For more information please see this blog post by David McCallum