"Nature as Nurturer and Nemesis: Ecocritical readings of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries [1/31/11;6/14/11]

full name / name of organization: 
Lora Geriguis; Second Biennial Conference of the Defoe Society (Worchester, England)
contact email: 
L.E.Geriguis@lasierra.edu

Defoe’s publication of the various pieces known collectively as “The Storm” (1704) set the stage, early in his career, for the significant role nature would play in his imagination. In his novels, nature alternatively functions as nurturer and nemesis to the travelers who traverse the globe. Robinson Crusoe’s relationship to animals on the island both reconciled him to the place and provided some of his greatest moments of fear and dread.This panel will take up the challenge laid down by Rober Marzec in "An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: From Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdie" (Palgrave Macmillian 2007) to consider the implications of reading Defoe’s works through a deliberately ecological lens. Papers on Defoe's contemporaries will also be welcomed.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
science_and_culture
travel_writing