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date: 19 July 2018

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This article examines the concept of cognitive environment in relation to ecocriticism. It discusses Gaston Bachelard’s analysis, in his The Poetics of Space, of historian Jules Michelet’s work depicting the building of a bird’s nest. It suggests that the corporeal act of nest-building may then be argued to imply the continuity of an organism and its environment and that the notion of enclosure is built into any ecology or Thoreavian economy.

Keywords: cognitive environment, ecocriticism, Gaston Bachelard, Jules Michelet, bird’s nest, The Poetics of Space, organism and its environment, notion of enclosure, ecology, Thoreavian economy

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