[UPDATE] Book Reviews - Ecocriticism

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Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University
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skook@temple.edu

Deadline extended to November 15, 2009

Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Ecocriticism-- Special Issue

Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 8th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2010 (online and print). We are seeking book reviews on ecocritical works (broadly defined), 5 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should direct their work to Daniel Morse at skook@temple.edu by November 15, 2009; no simultaneous submissions please. All reviews will be anonymously reviewed by at least two staff members. Please e-mail submissions with author name and contact info on first page only. In an effort to minimize our environmental impact, copies of submissions not accepted for publication will be recycled.

Ecocriticism has traditionally been associated with literary studies, as an angle to examine the relationship of nature and culture in texts. In recent years, it has become apparent that ecocriticism is both increasingly (necessarily) interdisciplinary and relevant: all disciplines may have a stake in the rising awareness of the human footprint on the environment, the ethics and aesthetics of global production and global protection.

The challenge for ecocriticsm, wrote Karen L. Kilcup in a recent issue of PMLA, “is to avoid making ecocriticism merely another interpretive system.” Challenging indeed for scholarly practice, which depends on the use of environmental resources: reading, writing, exchanging, and developing ideas; print, travel, etc. Schuylkill challenges interested scholars to consider: what should ecocriticism be? What should (and does) ecocritically informed work in your field look like?

Because we want to provide an original and important (though sadly neglected) angle to the discussion of new works, we will publish reviews by graduate students exclusively. Additionally, the reviews will explicitly address the reviewer's impressions of the importance of the work to future research as well as emerging fields, disciplines, approaches, etc.

To compliment the articles centered around this issue’s special topic of ecocriticism, The Schuylkill seeks book reviews of recent scholarship that in some way deal with this topic. Below is a list of suggestions, but the editors are open to other works provided they were published in the past two years.

A few suggestions (though the possibilities are by no means limited to this list):

Paul Outka’s _Race and Nature From Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance_ (2008)
Ursula Heise’s _Sense of Place, Sense of Planet_ (2008)
Patrick D. Murphy’s _Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies: Fences, Boundaries, and Fields_ (2009)
Scott Slovic's _Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility_ (2008)

Please feel free to write with questions or proposals.

The Schuylkill is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal founded, edited, and run by graduate students at Temple University in Philadelphia. We are looking to publish the scholarly work of graduate students in the humanities from around the globe. We are especially interested in work that, in presenting a rich and nuanced perspective on the topic of ecocriticism, blurs the boundaries of the disciplines (literary theory; philosophy; history; political theory; religious studies; cinema studies; women’s studies; art history; etc.)

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