CFP: Ecocritical Sessions at NeMLA (3/15-18/12; 9/30/11)

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Call for Papers

Ecrocritical sessions at Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012 Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Please submit your abstract with contact information by Sept. 30, 2011 to the appropriate chair:

Ecospirituality in Twentieth Century Literature How does literature challenge or support the notion of an ecology rooted in spirituality? Or how does ecology itself become represented as a spiritual movement through, for instance, Deep Ecology or neo-Romanticism? In the twentieth century, how does the representation of nature and of humans as a part of nature change alongside the urgent crises caused by technology, war, overpopulation, urbanization, pollution, and consumerism? Please send 250 word abstracts to Kelly C. MacPhail,

Great Lakes/ Great Books (Seminar) This seminar examines literary responses to Rust Belt as urban centers, presupposing industrial stagnation and political intransigence (see: Cleveland, Rochester, Toronto, Detroit/Windsor, Duluth), drawing upon fiction of Wideman, Susan Power, Ondaatje, Jeffery Allen, M. Atwood, Eugenides, Alex Shakar and others. How do writers define Rust Belt? 'Region? Local epic?' Workshop of the Nation' or 'Slop Sink of the Republic? Have its writers produced 'last books of 20th century?' 300-500 words and bio to: M. Antonucci(

Are the Tulips Angry? Modernism's Nature This panel examines how Modernist authors privilege nature motifs in their works. Panel participants should examine through theoretical lenses canonic or non-canonic Modernist texts. Preference will be given to texts that employ transnational themes. 500 word abstract/CV by Sophie Lavin: with subject line 'NeMLA ModernNature submission.'

Alps in Austrian and Swiss Literature Proposals are invited in fictional texts that view the Alpine regions as Alpine paradise or nightmare. The Alps have been admired, been viewed as refuge, as a place to recuperate in nature or as a place of provincialism, danger and isolation. German authors have been drawn to the Alps. Diverse critical approaches such as space in literature, theories of hybridity, transnationalism, concepts of existentialism or alienation are encouraged. Submit abstract/questions to: Richard Ruppel, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

'Of Queen's Gardens': Victorian Ecofeminism This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature. Women are frequently given 'natural' traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations may highlight this link's damaging consequences, or celebrate women's resulting potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes. How does the woman/nature link function? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each? E-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,

Ecocritical Approaches to Francophone Literatures We seek ecocritism of Francophone literatures that explores environmentality, ecologies of local place, or the unique characteristics of ecocritical approaches to the environment. Proposals may incorporate postcolonial or feminist theory, philosophy and ethics, environmental justice, regional studies, etc.. Send 500 word abstracts as .doc or docx attachments to Doug Boudreau, and Marnie Sullivan, Include complete contact information, academic affiliation, and a brief biography in your email.

The Mountain in Film, Multimedia and Graphic Art This panel examines the visual and multimedia representation of mountain landscapes and social environments in the German-speaking context from the Enlightenment to the present day. Papers are invited on discourses of imperialism and exploration, of the collision and interplay of the wilderness and civilization, and the portrayal of space, memory and identity in film, graphic and multimedia art. John Heath

Literature and the Environment in Transnational Space Literary ecology thinks about the role of literary texts in creating consciousness about the exploitation of people, animals and environment during colonialism and in its aftermath, and ways literary aesthetics is also responding to thinking about the environment. This panel will be an opportunity for scholars interested in literary ecology and the transnational to explore issues, directions and aesthetic concerns in two vibrant and fast developing fields. Elaine Savory, New School University,

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Full sessions and information at