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Fronting Wild Nature in Faulkner’s Writing
In 1952, Faulkner noted that the South remains exceptional as a region where “a deep indestructible bond still exists between man and his environment" (qtd. in Fowler and Abadie 48). This panel will consider this “bond” by discussing ecological themes in Faulkner’s writing. Please submit a one-page proposal for a paper that approaches the writing of William Faulkner from an ecocritical perspective. Intersections between ecocritical and other critical approaches are welcomed. The panel will be part of the Faulkner at West Point conference, April 19-21, 2012. Include a short bio. Please direct questions to Mary Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline: 12/21.
The following list is meant to be suggestive but not inclusive.
• Appreciation of wild nature vs. its possession and appropriation
• Intersections of ecology, race, and/ or gender
• Intersections of social and environmental justice
• Representations of wild nature: literal, mythic, emblematic
• Residual traces and hauntings (e.g. the spirit-deer in “The Old People”)
• Attitudes toward the loss of natural environments (e.g. nostalgia, mourning)