Soil in Early Modern Literature (essay collection; abstracts by 12/15/2013)

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Hillary Eklund / Loyola University New Orleans
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Amidst changing patterns of land use, contested political ideologies, and shifting religious beliefs, early modern writers considered soil not just as a material resource but as a site for exploring questions of power, belonging, and being. Still, soil remains a surprisingly under-examined element in the current critical literature (Cf. recent books on plants, animals, and water in the period). This volume seeks to organize a critical conversation about representations of soil across an ample range of early modern texts. Essays may address topics such as
- soil ecology
- agrarianism/husbandry
- soil amendment/manuring
- public works
- excavation
- mining and mineral harvesting
- habitation/identity
- hallowed and unhallowed grounds
- grave-digging
- composting and decomposition
- spontaneous generation
- climate change, desertification
- sulliedness/filth
- plats/plots/surveys
- property
For consideration please send a chapter abstract (500-1000 words), bio (~250 words) and CV (<4 pp). Deadline for abstracts is 12/15/2013; completed chapters expected by 6/15/2014.
Hillary Eklund, Loyola University New Orleans