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CFP: ISLE: Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism (6/15/06; journal issue)
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Cilano, Cara N.
ISLE: Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism
While considering the human and environmental disasters of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Amitav Ghosh reflects upon the migration of Indians to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands generated by the promise of land for agriculture. In Ghosh's view, the government's ill-fated decision to allocate beach-front property to migrants was "no mere accident"; some housing's "location was determined by an ordering of space that owed more to Europe than to its immediate surroundings." Well before the tsunami struck, local inhabitants knew the sea's enormous expansive power, yet the topographical development of the islands followed a European model, one that Ghosh likens to "the smiling cornices of the French Riviera or the coastline of Italy." While conceding the clarity of hindsight, Ghosh nonetheless wonders, "surely the planners were not unaware of" the volatility of the sea in this region? In his attempt to make sense of the decimation of human life in the wake of the tsunami, Ghos!
This example, taken from Ghosh's essay "A Town by the Sea," demonstrates a productive interface between postcolonial and ecocritical studies. How do postcolonial studies' interrogation of colonial discourses and insistence on historicity push at ecocriticism's seeming reluctance to historicize environmental realities? In turn, in what ways does the non-human emphasis in ecocritical studies work alongside or perhaps against the postcolonial model of human agency?
We seek essays for a special cluster of articles on ecocriticism and postcolonialism to be featured in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment that address these and similar questions through the analysis of postcolonial and indigenous works of writers from all geographical areas, especially Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* In what ways have the historical changes wrought by colonization, decolonization, and globalization affected human relationships to the non-human world and the representation of these relationships?
Please send all inquiries and full-length submissions (btw. 4000-6500 words, MLA format) to both Cara Cilano (cilanoc_at_uncw.edu) and Elizabeth DeLoughrey (emd23_at_cornell.edu) by 15 June 2006.