“Early Ecocriticism: Environments in Medieval and Early Modern Literature,” 68th RMMLA Convention, Boise, ID (Oct. 9-11, 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Peter Remien / Rocky Mountain MLA
contact email: 
pcremien@lcsc.edu

This session seeks papers for the 68th annual Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boise, Idaho (Oct. 9-11, 2014) that utilize the critical lens of ecocriticism, the interdisciplinary study of literature and the environment, to explore any aspect of medieval or early modern literature. When ecocriticism emerged in the 1990s as a response to awareness of impending environmental crises, its primary focus was on literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More recently, however, scholars like Ken Hiltner, Sylvia Bowerbank, Diane McColley, and Gillian Rudd have called attention to how earlier works of literature register and respond to the environmental problems of their own periods. This session will explore how the evolving field of ecocriticism enables new and generative approaches to medieval and early modern literature. Possible paper topics include:

• Pastoral and georgic literature from an ecocritical perspective
• Bestiaries and animal fables
• Early iterations of sustainability, ecology, and evolution
• Environmental considerations of divine providence and the great chain of being
• Personifications of Nature or Natura
• Representations of environmental derogation: deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, urbanization, species scarcity or loss, water pollution, and air pollution
• Manuscript and print illustrations of plants and animals
• Ecofeminism and connections between gender and environment
• The ecology of early book making
• Humorism and environmental accounts of human emotion
• Environmental accounts of race, nationality, and ethnicity
• Ideas of and attitudes toward wilderness
• Medieval and early modern cities
• Representations of weather or climate
• Ecological dimensions of early colonialism and trade
• Environmentalism and medieval Forest Law
• Bear-baiting and spectacles of cruelty
• Supernatural environments of allegory, dream vision, and romance

Please send a 250-500 word abstract and a brief c.v. to Peter Remien (pcremien@lcsc.edu)

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014. All submissions will be acknowledged and notifications sent by March 15, 2014.

cfp categories: 
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
medieval
renaissance
theory