Spenser, Ecology, and the Dream of a Legible Environment

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2002
full name / name of organization: 
Steve Mentz / MLA Panel for 16c English LLC
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Sponsored Open-Call Session for Sixteenth-Century English Literature LLC

 

Spenser, Ecology, and the Dream of a Legible Environment

 

Recent scholarship has helped broaden our view of both early modern ecocriticism and conceptions of the nonhuman. This panel invites papers that turn our attention to Edmund Spenser to ask how the allegorist‘s fantasy that the nonhuman world bears legible symbolic meaning might broaden current conceptions of anthropogenic environmental change. Spenser’s experiments in English poetics, allegorical and narrative structures, and his engagement with environments that are both symbolic and historical all make his works seems especially ripe for ecocritical analysis. This panel invites contributions that explore ecology and environment in relation to any facet of Spenser’s works or career, connections with other Elizabethan writers, literary and intellectual legacies, and place in our changing understandings of early modern literary culture. Explicitly presentist arguments about how Spenser might help us now or how renewed attention to Spenser might change contemporary ecocritical thinking in early modern studies are also welcome Please send 500-word abstracts and short bios to Steve Mentz, mentzs@stjohns.edu by March 15.