CFP: The Ecocritical Eighteenth Century (9/15/06; ASECS, 5/22/07-5/25/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Brian David Glover

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 seeksto 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 living.

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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