CFP: Nature and the Wilderness (grad) (2/16/07; (dis)junctions, 4/6/07-4/7/07)

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CFP: Nature and the Wilderness (grad) (2/16/07; (dis)junctions 4/6/07-4/7/07)

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 14th Annual Humanities Conference, which will be held April 6-7, 2007. This year's theme is "Malappropriation Nation."

Nature and the wilderness have been interpreted by various literary movements as alternately healing and dangerous. This panel is seeking papers that examine the wide range of representations of Nature--in all its manifestations, whether forest, desert, sea, wind, plant, or animal--in literature and encourages cross-genre and multi-disciplinary approaches to the topic from any period or culture. Use your imagination. In keeping with this year's theme, examinations of works in which the wilderness appears or functions in an unusual or unexpected way are especially welcome. Some approaches to consider include:

*The function of the wilderness in folklore or fairy tales
*Nature in Native American literature or culture (traditional or contemporary)
*Non-Western interpretations and representations
*The environmental movement and literature (Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, etc.)
*The American landscape in literature (i.e., in Cather or Steinbeck)
*Nature in the visual and performing arts (think Ansel Adams, the Impressionists)
*Plant/animal symbolism, etc. in literature and the arts

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Note any potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accomodate you.

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