SAMLA Special Session: Ecology, Gender and the Early Modern World 11/9-11/11

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association -- Laura Runge
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Chaired by Laura L. Runge, University of South Florida
This session seeks papers that approach any aspect of the early modern world, from the middle ages through the long eighteenth century, through the intersections of gender and ecological thought. Building on the early work of Karla Armbruster and Kathleen Wallace, we seek to continue the environmental conversation based in texts and ideas from the periods prior to Romanticism. By turning our attention to concerns in this period, we can denaturalize the "myths of naturalism" that shaped much of 20th century environmentalism, allowing us to better understand the complex attitudes toward nature and the environment that we currently hold. Using the tools of gender analysis allows us to complicate the historical landscape and to put in question the putatively dominant views of the age of Enlightenment and events that led up to it. Keeping in line with the special focus of the conference, the session might highlight life writings from the period, including letters, autobiography, travel narrative, lyric poetry. Abstracts and / or queries should be addressed to Laura L. Runge ( by June 30, 2012.
The focus for SAMLA this year will be: The Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration and Exile.
2012 Convention
November 9-11, 2012
Research Triangle Park
Durham, North Carolina 27709