CFP: [Theory] 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 endeavor; 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”; 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
ecocritics and other cultural critics theorize the relationship between
humanities (especially literature) and science? What is the role of
ecological criticism 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, 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
by November 1, 2007.

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