Mediating Mosses and Memory: Hawthorne, History, and Heritage

Ryan McWilliams

University of California, Berkeley

Panel co-organizer Ryan McWilliams is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation entitled "States of Nature in the Age of Revolution" focuses on transatlantic intersections between radical politics and proto-ecological thought from the French Revolution to the aftermath of 1848.


Ryan McWilliams explores how Nathaniel Hawthorne’s anger at the defoliation of mosses from the Old Manse’s roof becomes a focal point for his representations of revolution, tradition, decay, and renewal. Dwelling on the... [ view full abstract ]


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P87 » Plants, Politics, and Climate (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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