This elegant and accomplished exercise in interwoven narrative history draws fascinating parallels between literature and biology—from the butterflies of Barbara Kingsolver to tumors in The Tempest—and yet it ultimately delivers, with surprising prescience, an entirely new way of thinking about the present.
—Rachel Corbett, Author You Must Save Your Life
In this beautiful work of narrative scholarship, Ryan Day succeeds in probing both the intimate and planetary dimensions of green Shakespeare studies and environmental humanities theory. Shakespeare and the Evolution of the Human Umwelt is an impressively learned and engaging book, demonstrating the unexpected relevance of Shakespeare to a wide range of contemporary environmental writing and the vibrant potential of ecocriticism.
—Scott Slovic, Author Going Away to Think
In rich thoughtful prose, Shakespeare and the Evolution of the Human Umwelt sets us deep with Ovid in the roots of our literary heritage, lifts us high in leafy outgrowths of Shakespeare and our shared critical consciousness, and leaves us desolate in the hard-wired wasteland of Atwood’s post-apocalyptic Oryx and Crake.
—Andrew J. Power, University of Sharjah, Co-Editor, Early Shakespeare, 1588-1594 (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Late Shakespeare, 1608-1613 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
“Sprawling in voice, locale, and era, Big Sky tackles the big questions, those where ideology meets biology meets art meets metaphysics. They all converge in history in Timothy Ryan Day’s timely debut novel, with its characters shaped, however unwittingly, by a century-old, true-life tragedy that may amount ultimately to the Rosetta Stone of America.”
—D.R. Haney, Author Banned for Life
“Evocative and precise. There is a whole world here, and you are drawn in instantly.”
—Nick Burd, Author The Vast Fields of Ordinary