[UPDATE] Bodies in Place: Disability and the Environment in American Literature (9/30/13))

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NEMLA Conference (April 3-6, Harrisburg, PA)
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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 by 9/30/13 to Matthew Cella at mjcella@ship.edu.