Plant Studies Book [Update] - Deadline for abstracts: 3/1/2013

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Randy Laist
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Forthcoming multi-contributor volume on Plant Studies seeking contributions!

Human beings have always lived in a state of ecological, nutritional, and psychological dependence on plants, and the attitudes toward plant life expressed in the imaginative literature of Western culture are varied and often surprising. The symbolic character of vegetation informs the depiction of flowers and plants in modernist literature, takes strange postmodern forms in comic book and science fiction scenarios, and influences the public discourses on everything from energy and health to genetics and ontology. This book will bring together papers that examine the manner in which fictional texts and other cultural products of the romantic, modernist, and postmodern periods express the multifaceted relationship between industrial Western culture and the vegetable kingdom.
Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to,
The representation of plants, trees, flowers, and fruit in the art or literature of romanticism, modernism, and/or postmodernism;
The fear of vegetation expressed in "killer plant" narratives;
Representations of human-plant hybrid creatures in myth and fiction;
The iconography of "wholesome" fruits and vegetables in the rhetoric of the vegan, organic, and whole foods movements;
Botanical metaphors as they have been employed in extra-literary discourses such as genealogy, medicine, and philosophy;
The iconography of plant-human relations as represented in the discourses of green energy, drug policy, sustainability, etc.;
The manner in which plant studies may intersect with and contribute to other sub-disciplines of cultural studies.
Please submit 300-400 word abstracts to Randy Laist at by March 1, 2013.