“his & nature’s expropriation”: Wetland Enclosure, Salvage Poetics, and Social Reproduction in Wendy Mulford’s East Anglia Sequence


  • Fred Carter University of Edinburgh, Scotland


At the intersection of environmental history and Marxist-feminist historiography, Mulford’s poetics of archival salvage interprets the confluence of wetland drainage, ecological collapse, and resistance to enclosure as a struggle over social reproduction in the East Anglian fens.

Author Biography

Fred Carter, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Fred Carter is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher in contemporary poetry and environmental humanities at the University of Edinburgh. In 2019, he was a visiting doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich. Currently, he is co-organizer of the AHRC-funded project FIELDWORK: Sites & Infrastructures in the Environmental Humanities and co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of Green Letters on “militant ecologies.” His doctoral research examines linguistically innovative poetry in relation to the environmental humanities, situating the research practices of the open field, the formal tactics of Marxist-feminist poetry, and their afterlives in contemporary poetics within and against the Anthropocene.