CFP: [Renaissance] Ecofeminist collection, Early Modern Studies

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Jen Munroe
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Nearly thirty years ago, Carolyn Merchant proposed new ways to look at
the various mechanisms that “sanctioned the domination of both nature and
women” (Death of Nature xxi). Today, scholars have made great strides in
locating these mechanisms in various periods and places important to
American, British, and World literatures, but scholars of early modern
literature have yet to consider them at length. Ecocritical studies of
Shakespeare, Milton, and others have challenged the way early modern
scholars understand the relationship between human beings and the natural
world in the period, but these studies still tend to focus on humans in a
universal (or universally male) sense. Alternatively, when women are the
focus of ecocritical studies in the period, they tend to be discussed in
symbolic terms, often as tropes for or related to Nature herself.

We are proposing an ecofeminist collection of essays that look
specifically at the material rather than symbolic relationship between
women and the natural world in the period, with essays that focus on
women’s writing (or the representation of women in writing) and everyday
tasks that position them sometimes in alignment and sometimes at odds
with the natural world they used and lived in.

Please send abstract submissions of 300 words or fewer on topics related
to materialist study of women and the natural world between 1500 and 1800
that may include readings of texts (male- or female-authored) or more
broadly theorized approaches to this issue.

Please submit abstracts or direct inquiries by email (preferred) by
January 15, 2009 to Jennifer Munroe at or Rebecca
Laroche at; or, you may send abstracts or inquiries by
post to:

        Professor Jennifer Munroe
        English Department
              UNC Charlotte
        9201 University City Blvd
        Charlotte, NC 28223

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