CFP: Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, and Southern Women Writers (2/15/07; MLA '07)

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Mae Claxton
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MLA 2007 Proposed Panel
Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, and Southern Women Writers

In their collection of essays entitled Ecofeminist Literary Criticism:
Theory, Interpretation, Pedagogy, Greta Gaard and Patrick D. Murphy
define "ecofeminism" as "a practical movement for social change arising
out of the struggles of women to sustain themselves, their families, and
their communities" against the "'maldevelopment' and environmental
degradation caused by patriarchal societies, multinational corporations,
and global capitalism." Current southern writers such as Janisse Ray,
Barbara Kingsolver, and Dorothy Allison deal directly with these issues
while the works of writers such as Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor
could be newly reexamined from this perspective. Send 2-4 page
proposals for papers exploring matriarchal and indigenous societies,
environmental balance, economic and community sustainability, and other
issues present in the writing of southern women by February 15, 2007 to

Mae Miller Claxton
Western Carolina University
Inquiries welcome

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