Skip to Main Content
Sign In
Visit Apply Give


Image Picker for Section 0

 For Google



306 Memorial HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass8EF5F68E20264275BB02485C6C767D43"><p>Lowell Duckert received his B.A. from Western Washington University (2004), his M.A. from Arizona State University (2007), and his Ph.D. from The George Washington University (2012). He specializes in early modern drama and travel literature, environmental criticism, new materialism (especially actor-network theory), and water studies. He has published on various topics such as glaciers, polar bears, the color maroon, rain, fleece, mountaintop removal mining, and lagoons. In general, his work attempts to reshape present-day relations between humans and nonhumans by plumbing premodern wet worlds. </p><p>His book <em>For All Waters: Finding Ourselves in Early Modern Wetscapes</em> was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2017 and was short-listed for the SLSA’s Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize for the best academic book on literature, science, and the arts. With Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, he is the editor of “Ecomaterialism” (<em>postmedieval</em> 4:1 [2013]); <em>Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire</em> (2015); and <em>Veer Ecology: A Companion for Environmental Thinking</em> (2017). With Craig Dionne, he is the editor of “Shakespeare in the Anthropocene” (<em>Early Modern Culture </em>13 [2018]).</p><p>He is currently researching two book projects that critically engage with contemporary cryo-politics: the first investigates the strange vitality of ice witnessed by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers of the north, while the second follows the compacted object of the snowball. <br></p><br></div>lduckert@udel.eduDuckert, Lowell<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_Duckert_Lowell-2018-08.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate ProfessorBritish Literature;Environmental Humanities;Literature and Drama;Print and Material Culture Studies



For All Waters: Finding Ourselves in Early Modern WetscapesDuckert, LowellUniversity of Minnesota Press2017<p> Lowell Duckert shows that when playwrights and travel writers physically interacted with rivers, glaciers, monsoons, and swamps, they composed “hydrographies,” or bodily and textual assemblages of human and nonhuman things that dissolved notions of human autonomy and its singular narrativity. Duckert concludes by investigating waterscapes in peril today and outlining what we can learn from early moderns’ eco-ontological lessons.<br></p>lduckert
Veer Ecology: A Companion for Environmental ThinkingDuckert, LowellJeffrey Jerome CohenUniversity of Minnesota Press2017<p>​<em>Veer Ecology </em>is a groundbreaking guide for the twenty-first century, with the editors asking thirty brilliant thinkers to each propose one verb that stresses the forceful potential of inquiry, weather, biomes, apprehensions, and desires to swerve and sheer. Each term is accompanied by a concise essay contextualizing its meaning in times of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and global climate change.<br></p>lduckert
Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and FireDuckert, LowellJeffrey Jerome CohenUniversity of Minnesota Press2015<p>​Decentering the human, the essays collected in <em>Elemental Ecocriticism </em>provide important correctives to the idea of the material world as mere resource. A renewed intimacy with the elemental holds the potential for a more dynamic environmental ethics and the possibility of a reinvigorated materialism.<br></p>lduckert



What is Cold?<p> </p><p>Professor Lowell Duckert's current book project asks a simple question: what <em>is </em>cold? Natural philosophers, explorers, and artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries offered a variety of responses. Cold was a material substance comprised of “frigorifick atoms”; it was the elemental force behind freezing, or, “conglutination”; it pierced bodies and plugged up its pores; it was a shapeshifter that appeared as icebergs, snowflakes, and sheets; it lived in the “frozen zone” of the upper globe, but it also rode the north wind and spread out across glaciers; it took, prolonged, and gave life; it was intensely pleasurable. At a time in which popular climate studies obsess over the<em> "</em>end" of a planet headed for meltdown, or a world "after" or “without” ice, I believe that the various <em>doings</em> of early modern cold assist in counter-apocalyptic thinking: they ask us to identify what has been lost and who is at risk in the thinning cold, but they also urge us to imagine alternate futures focused not on inevitable collapse but on ethical obligation and care.</p>Duckert, Lowelllduckert<img alt="" src="/ResearchProject/Duckert_The%20Great%20Frost.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
University of Delaware
  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361