Environmentalism and Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Session I
In her afterword to Postcolonial Green, "Postcolonial Ecocriticism and the Question of Literature," Ursula K. Heise writes, "In the convergence of ecocriticism and postcolonialism...this question of the aesthetic arises with double force. If we believe—as I assume most ecocritical and postcolonial critics do—that the aesthetic transformation of the real has a particular potential for reshaping the individual and collective ecosocial imaginary, then the way in which aesthetic forms relate to cultural as well as biological structures deserves our particular attention" (258).
Building on the recent critical work undertaken in Postcolonial Green: Environmental Politics and World Narratives, this panel invites papers exploring the critical intersections and tensions between ecocriticism, or green writing, and postcolonial studies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, questions of aesthetic form and biological structures, hybridity, environmental justice, sustainability, and so forth. All proposed papers should address both ecocritical and postcolonial concerns. By June 15, 2014, please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to Meghan O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org.