Dark Nature: Ecocriticism and the Gothic (ASLE 2013, May 28-June 1, 2013)

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Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Panel for the 2013 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Conference
May 28-June 1, 2013, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Panel Title: Dark Nature: Ecocriticism and the Gothic

As scholarship on Gothic literature has proliferated over the past decades, critics have amply investigated Gothic representations of many issues connected to race, gender, class, and national identity. And while setting has long been a central and defining convention of Gothic literature, until very recently scholars have largely ignored the Gothic mode's engagement with (or reflection of) environmental concerns. Such an oversight is interesting, given the pervasive contemporary cultural interest in environmental dread, collapse, and catastrophe, and the Gothic's emphasis on fear, excess, transgression, trauma, and violence. This panel seeks to address these connections, and welcomes paper proposals about any topic exploring intersections between ecocriticism and the literary Gothic.

Please send a 300-400 word abstract, contact information, and a brief C.V. (as well as any queries) to Tom Hillard at thomashillard@boisestate.edu by Friday, November 2, 2012.

Please visit http://asle.ku.edu/ for conference details and information.