[UPDATE] Bodies in Place: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (NEMLA April 2014, Harrisburg PA)
This panel seeks a broad range of papers that explore how disability challenges normative, even ableist, constructions of the body-environment dyad. Broadly speaking, papers in this panel will survey points of connection between disability studies and ecological criticism. For example, how does disability-centered American literature (re)negotiate the relationship between embodiment and emplacement? How might life writing by people with disabilities contribute to a richer and more inclusive ecological criticism? How might we re-examine and deconstruct "canonical" American environmental literature through a disability studies lens? Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to Matthew Cella at firstname.lastname@example.org.