CFP: "The Future of Ecocriticism" (2/1/05; journal issue)

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Green Letters 7: The Future of Ecocriticism

deadline for submissions: 1 February 2005

Green Letters, the journal of ASLE-UK (the Association for the Study of
Literature and the Environment), explores interdisciplinary interfaces
between humans and the natural and built environment. Articles are invited
for our spring 2005 edition focusing on 'ecocriticism'.

12 years after ASLE's launch in the US ecocriticism has been undergoing its
first major re-evaluation in work by Michael Cohen, Greg Garrard and Dana
Phillips and in the formation of affiliated organisations such as the Caucus
for Diversity. These have questioned some of the central assumptions of
ecocriticism such as the preoccupation with nature writing or wilderness
traditions, the predominantly romantic emphasis, and the neglect of
scientific ecology and 'social justice'. At this critical juncture we are
requesting submissions that focus around the question 'what on earth is
ecocriticism?' Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-What is ecocriticism/ecocritical theory? (contemporary definitions)

- Ecocriticism and social justice, feminism or scientific ecology

- The link between (environmental) theory and practice

- Ecocriticism and social, cultural or literary theory

- Ecocriticism and other academic disciplines

- Evaluation of existing ecocritical texts

- Examination and advocacy of hitherto under-represented authors, genres,
periods or movements

- Ecocritical pedagogy or didactics

- Institutional studies of ASLE, affiliates, other relevant organisations

- Responses to the recent, evaluative work of Cohen, Garrard, Phillips, etc.

We also welcome book reviews as well as thematically related creative
nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

Green Letters is a peer-reviewed journal. Each article should be accompanied
by an abstract and brief biographical note. Articles should be typed double
spaced, with references in the MLA style and any substantial footnotes at
the end of the article. Manuscript length should be between 4000 and 6000
words. Submissions should be made via email with a MS Word attachment of the
document. Please send submissions and any inquiries to the Green Letters
editorial board at <>.

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