Margaret Ronda

2015 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, English
UC Davis

Project Title: Remainders: Poetry at Nature’s End

Margaret Ronda’s book project, Remainders: Poetry at Nature’s End, explores how postwar American poetry develops a new ecological imaginary in a time of intensifying environmental crisis. This book considers how poets across the period engage poetic genres associated with environmental relations—elegy, pastoral, and georgic—to reflect on new forms of ecological change. Offering a corrective to the dominance of narrative fiction and nonfiction in American ecocriticism, Remainders argues that the study of poetic genre and form offers distinctive insights into ecologically-minded literature after 1945. At the same time, Ronda’s book intervenes in various eco-theoretical conversations, including the current emphasis on the Anthropocene as a critical framework for historicizing environmental relations, by reorienting attention toward the role of global capitalism in producing the uneven effects of ecological crisis.