Rather than ignoring the toxic legacies of our industrial past, what if we engaged with remnants such as Newtown Creek to imagine a more fluid and dynamic Antropocene that moves away from green fantasies towards assessing troubling but necessary realities? 


The Anthropocene accounts for a vast swath of human and natural history, but there are limits to its scope encouraging the proliferation of numerous other 'cenes. From the Chthulucene to the Anglocene, these terms explain our ecological present from a myriad of different perspectives. 


Poetry has long been fascinated with describing the dislocating effects of sea travel and still serves as a conceptual refuge for those lost at sea in a contemporary world. 


Rather than marking the advent of "modernity," the year 1610 commemorates a wave of permanent human-induced changes to the Earth system. 


Living in Nature requires — and sometimes rewards — errancy.

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Steve Mentz
Professor of English
I teach English literature at St John's in New York City, with a focus on oceanic literature and culture, Shakespeare, ecocriticism, and histories of changing media technologies. My current book publications include a monograph on early modern maritime disaster narratives, *Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719* and a collection of essays, *Oceanic New York*, that respond to New York's urban waterways, Hurricane Sandy, and the place of art in times of crisis. I'm working now on the early modern Anthropocene and concepts of error in ecological thinking.


Oceanic New York
Punctum Books | 2015/September
Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization 1550 - 1719
U Minnesota P | 2015/December
At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean
Bloomsbury/Shakespeare Now! | 2009
The Age of Thomas Nashe
Ashgate | 2014

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Spheres II: Globes
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Shakespeare's Universality