Animals and Nature in H.G. Wells Conference Panel

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Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
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The abundant and eclectic writings of H.G. Wells offer many opportunities for scholars working in ecocriticism and animal studies to interrogate the attitudes people in the Victorian and modern eras held regarding the non-human world. This panel seeks to explore the many ways in which Wells' diverse corpus engages with various concerns and debates concerning nature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics for papers might include (but are not limited to): the role of nature in Wells' utopian and dystopian literature; the influence of Darwin and evolutionary biology on Wells' writings; warfare and nature in Wells; Wells and animal experimentation; Wells, nature, and late Victorian bicycling; nature in Wells' short fiction; nature in Wells' journalistic pieces and nonfiction essays; and so forth.

Please send 200-300 word abstracts by November 1st to the panel chair: Jeremy Withers (

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