Medieval Ecocriticisms

In recent years, medieval studies has seen a flourishing of new ecocritical and environmental inquiries to literature, art, and culture. These new approaches, drawing upon the material, spatial, and post-human turns in humanities research, have directed scholarly attention to representations and histories of the non-human, and to the inarguable necessity of studying both human/human and human/non-human interactions in texts and cultures. Medieval Ecocriticisms will be the first regular venue dedicated to medieval ecocritical studies, and will seek out the most current and innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature and the environmental in the global Middle Ages.

The publication series comprises twice-yearly journal issues, often thematic, covering a wide spectrum of approaches and methods in interdisciplinary ecocritical studies, including ecofeminism and new ecocritical analyses of under-represented literatures; queer ecologies; posthumanism; waste studies; landscape studies; maritime studies and blue humanities; and studies of environmental catastrophe and change and their effects on pre-modern cultures. The board is open to submissions that, while grounded in literary and cultural studies, may also draw on fields of environmental history, art history, environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and beyond.

Geographical Scope

Global Middle Ages

Chronological Scope

500 – 1500 CE


Ecocriticism, literary studies, environmental humanities, ecofeminism, weather, animals, non-human, nature, interdisciplinary medieval studies

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Titles Published

Available in print (hardback) and online, as subscription or purchase of individual stand-alone thematic issues

Titles in Production or Contracted

Michael J. Warren (London), Medieval Weathers: Meteorological Phenomena in Medieval Writing and Culture

Series Editor

Dr. Heide Estes

Heide Estes’s research interests include Old and Middle English language, literature and culture, with interest in gender theory and ecocriticism. She has published Old English Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Anglo-Saxon Environmental Imagination (2017) and co-edited with Haruko Momma a special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching entitled Old English Across the Curriculum: Contexts and Pedagogies, ed. Haruko Momma and Heide Estes (2016).

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The Series Editorial Board comprises the Series Editor, supported by the specific expertise offered by members of the Advisory Board in their particular fields.