UPDATE: [Gender Studies] Women of Color Writers and Environmental Justice Literature

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Andrea Campbell
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Panel at RMMLA Conference, October 8-10 2009, in Snow Bird, Utah.

As the environmental movement gains more attention, many genres of
literature reveal their own insights of the natural world and how the
concept of "nature" varies between different people. This panel is
particularly interested in works by women of color and how they are using
literature to challenge definition, expand the boundaries of the
environment, and discover new routes towards environmental justice.
Prominent examples include works by Ana Castillo, Linda Hogan, and Toni
Morrison. Some important questions that papers may address:

What counts as an "environment"? How are traditional notions being
challenged by women of color?

How are social issues inextricably linked to the environment and how are
women of color writers portraying these connections?

What challenges are faced by women of color writers? What is at stake in
terms of the environment?

How/Why are women of color writers using literature as an environmental
justice tool?

How are women of color writers using different literary genres to discuss
the environment/environmental justice?

Other topics related to women of color writers and environmental justice
literature are also welcome, as well as topics relying on ecofeminist
interpretations. Abstracts of 250-500 words should be emailed to Andrea
Campbell, Washington State University, akatecampbell_at_gmail.com by March
1st, 2009.

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