Pulp Fiction and the Environment

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Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) panel at MLA (Jan. 6-9, 2011)

Pulp Fiction and the Environment
ASLE panel at the MLA (Jan. 6-9, 2011 in L.A.)

Proposals are invited for presentations that examine works of pulp fiction—e.g. fantasy, science fiction, westerns, mysteries, thrillers, romance novels—for their environmental and/or ecological significance. What are the strengths and/or weaknesses of pulp fiction as a medium? What is the relationship between green pulp fiction and more traditional environmental literature (such as H. D. Thoreau's Walden)? How does green pulp fiction complicate or enrich what it means to practice ecocriticism?

Paper proposals may address any or a combination of these questions.

Submit 300-word abstracts by March 7, 2010 to Scott Knickerbocker at sknickerbocker@collegeofidaho.edu.

Questions are welcome.