Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) Ecocriticism Issue

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American Studies Association of Turkey
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ozdag@hacettepe.edu.tr

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Call for Submissions

 

Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST)

Ecocriticism Issue

 

Guest Editors: Ufuk
Özdağ, Hacettepe University,
Ankara,

and Scott Slovic, University of Nevada,
Reno, USA

 

Activists, artists, and scholars around the world have been inspired by Vietnam-born Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s eloquent statement, “What we most need to do is to hear within ourselves the sounds of the earth crying.” These words reach to the very core of the academic discipline known as “ecocriticism” (ecological literary criticism) and such related fields as environmental literature and art, environmental history, environmental philosophy, green cultural studies, environmental religious studies, and others. Several themes emerge with particular force in Nhat Hanh’s sentence: the devastation of species, habitat, water, air, and other phenomena in the natural world (“earth crying”); the challenge of perceiving what is happening in the world (“to hear … the sounds”); the question of human connectedness to and disconnection from nature (“within ourselves”); and the issue of how human beings develop a sense of commitment that leads to personal and political action (“what we most need to do”). For this issue of JAST, we are seeking submissions that explore the textual, historical, and/or theoretical aspects of these themes and problems. Textual studies need not be restricted to literary analysis, but might also consider film, music, theater, activist performance, or other forms of expression. In addition to focusing on issues exclusively pertinent to American culture, we encourage contributions that consider American culture in comparison to other cultures.

               We also welcome reviews of books, films, or other works relevant to the ecocritical focus on the relationship between nature and culture.

 

Deadline for submission of
articles and reviews: April 30, 2010

 

All manuscripts should follow the MLA Style and be printed double-spaced
(including notes and works cited). The articles should be approximately 3,000
to 5,000 words in length. They should be sent by attachment of these files to
the e-mail addresses below. No material will be considered for publication if
it is currently under consideration by another journal or press or if it has
been published or is soon to be published elsewhere. The JAST is a peer-reviewed journal and the articles submitted will be
peer reviewed by scholars in the field.

 

The JAST homepage, containing back issues and information about the
journal, is available at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~jast/index.html

 

The copyright of all material published will be vested in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey unless otherwise specifically agreed. This copyright covers exclusive rights of publication on printed or electronic media, including the World Wide Web.

Contributors
are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which
they do not own copyright.

All
correspondence for the Ecocriticism Issue of JAST should be addressed to:

 

Ufuk Özdağ

Associate
Professor of American Culture and Literature

Hacettepe University

Faculty
of Letters

06800
Beytepe Campus

Ankara, Turkey

E-mail: ozdag@hacettepe.edu.tr

Tel: 0090
312 297 85 00 (office)

 

Scott Slovic

Professor
of Literature and Environment

Editor, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in
Literature and Environment

Department of English/098

University
of Nevada, Reno

Reno,
NV 89557
USA

E-mail: slovic@unr.edu

Tel: 001 775 784 7536 (office)

 

 

General questions about the journal should be addressed to:

 

Nur Gökalp Akkerman and Barış Gümüşbaş

Department of American Culture and Literature

Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University

Beytepe-Ankara/TURKEY

e-mail: nurgok@hacettepe.edu.tr

           gumusbas@hacettepe.edu.tr

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
science_and_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond