Brewer and Flagg’s Insect Choirs: Psalmic and Wordsworthian Ecology

Jan Marten Ivo Klaver (Università degli Studi di Urbino)


La seconda metà del diciannovesimo secolo vide due diverse spiegazioni, in parte antagoniste e in parte sovrapposte, degli intricati rapporti tra organismi e ambiente. Partendo dalla teologia naturale di William Paley e dal concetto di ecologia di Ernst Haeckel, e dal confluire di questi due filoni nell’approccio ecologico di Papa Francesco che ha le sue basi sia nella teleologia che nell’idea di natura di Wordsworth, questo saggio analizza come due popolari scrittori naturalisti, Cobham Brewer in Inghilterra e Wilson Flagg in America, esprimono la loro fascinazione per la ‘musica’ prodotta dai cori di insetti attraverso le loro rispettive idee religiose ed ecologiche.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-176

Parole chiave: Cobham Brewer, Wilson Flagg, insetti, suono, natura, Wordsworth.


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