CFP: [Science] Literature, Science, Ecocriticism

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Gioia Woods
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Call for Papers: Literature, Science, and Ecocriticism
A collection of critical articles

C.P. Snow predicts a new “third culture” emerging to close the
intellectual gap between literary critics and scientists. E. O. Wilson
identifies a trend he calls “consilience,” the linkage of science and
humanities to create insights into human endeavors; Lawrence Buell
suggests that the “discourses of science and literature must be read both
with and against each other.” N. Katherine Hayles argues that narrative
is at the heart of science and culture, and it is through literature that
science enters the body politic. Poet Alison Deming believes that science
and poetry are “kindred in their creative process,” that the separation
between them is both a “zone of exclusion and a zone of contact.” What is
the “proper” relationship betweens humanities and science? Are humanists
and scientists partners in the production of cultural knowledge? How can
cultural critics theorize the relationship between humanities (especially
literature) and science? What is the role of ecological criticism and
ecocritics in this relationship?

This critical collection seeks articles that explore the relationship
between literature (and other humanities) and science in the past,
present, and future.
Possible topics for exploration include:

• The historical, aesthetic, and metaphorical relationship between
literature and science
• Ecological criticism’s role in bridging literature and science
• Single and comparative author studies
• The “third culture” in literature and science
• The human, transhuman, and posthuman in literature
• Poetry, fiction, and science studies
• Relationships among science, literature, gender, class,
ethnicity, power

Questions and abstracts should be directed to
Gioia Woods
Associate Professor, Humanities
Box 6031
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Please submit a 1-2 page abstract for consideration to editor by October 30, 2007.

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