CFP: The Ecocritical Eighteenth Century (9/15/06; ASECS, 3/22/07-3/25/07)

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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
38th Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia, 22-25 March, 2007

The Ecocritical Eighteenth Century

Though the concept of "nature" has been extensively explored by scholars
of eighteenth-century literature, ecocriticism as a method and movement
has been slow to enter the discussion. Yet as we become increasingly
aware of the crucial inseparability of human culture from the non-human
environment, the eighteenth century appears ever more important. Samuel
Johnson proposed that "a blade of grass is always a blade of grass,
whether in one country or another. Let us, if we do talk, talk about
something; men and women are my subjects of inquiry." This seminar seeks
to question that dichotomy, taking as its subject of inquiry the
imaginative, epistemological, and physical relationships among men,
women, and the rest of the world. While all approaches are welcome, I
especially hope to hear from scholars who turn our attention from
reflections on the sublime and the beautiful to novels, biographies,
letters, and other forms that have not previously been recognized as
"nature writing" but that investigate and embody everyday practices of

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 September 2006

Brian Glover
Dept. of English, University of Virginia
219 Bryan Hall
P.O. Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121
Tel. 434-979-7033

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