Ecocriticism and Graduate Studies

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Dana Harrison / Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University
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Schuylkill graduate journal is seeking submissions from all disciplines for our 8th volume of critical essays and book reviews to be published in Spring of 2010 (online and in print). We are seeking papers on ecocritical and environmental topics, 10-15 pages in length; double spaced; MLA format; no footnotes. Current graduate students should send their work to Dana Harrison at by October 15, 2009. No simultaneous submissions please.

Ecocriticism has traditionally been associated with literary studies, as an angle to examine the relationship of nature and culture in texts. In recent years, it has become apparent that ecocriticism is both increasingly (necessarily) interdisciplinary and increasingly relevant: all disciplines have a stake in the rising awareness of the human footprint on the environment, the ethics and aesthetics of global production and global protection.

The challenge for ecocriticsm, wrote Karen L. Kilcup in a recent issue of PMLA, "is to avoid making ecocriticism merely another interpretive system." Challenging indeed for scholarly practice, which depends on the use of environmental resources: reading, writing, exchanging, and developing ideas; print, travel, etc. Schuylkill challenges interested scholars to consider: what should ecocriticism be? What should ecocritically informed work in your field look like? We invite you to submit your work on subjects such as the following:

The ecological impact of graduate work
The crisis of paper books in the age of Kindle
Nature and the postmodern subject
Constructions of nature
Pastoral art forms
21st-century landscapes
The ethics of production
The politics of material consumption
The energy crisis
The impact of foodways
Animal studies

There are many other possibilities. Above all, we are looking for the particular perspective you bring to environmental topics as a scholar completing graduate work during a time of mounting environmental crisis.

The Schuylkill is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal founded, edited, and run by graduate students at Temple University in Philadelphia. We are looking to publish the scholarly work of graduate students in the humanities from around the globe. We are especially interested in work that, in presenting a rich and nuanced perspective on the topic of ecocriticism, blurs the boundaries of the disciplines (literary theory; philosophy; history; political theory; religious studies; cinema studies; women's studies; art history; etc.)