The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association invites submission of essays to be considered for a special issue in the environmental humanities. We are seeking submissions that stake out a critical space exploring the possibilities and implications of fugitive readings in environmental criticism. Drawing on the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental humanities, we encourage ways of describing, analyzing, and theorizing that are counter-discursive and slippery in their multivalent uses and applications and are, therefore, uniquely productive, contested, resistant, transformative, or reveal a shared environmental sensibility. We seek work that reconsiders and complicates methodologies, aesthetics, traditional disciplinary boundaries, and cultural perspectives. Hemispheric and transnational readings are welcome as are submissions in cinema and media studies. While the editors are interested in contemporary and modernist perspectives, we encourage submissions in the fields of early American and Atlantic world culture as well as in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and British literature and culture. Submissions should be sent to Andrea Knutson and Kathryn Dolan at email@example.com and follow MMLA guidelines for manuscripts. Deadline: January 15, 2016
Areas of interest include but are not limited to the ways that geomateriality challenges the limits of historicism and anthropocentricity; intersections between (post)colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and the environment; class, gender, and race-conscious ecocriticisms; intersections between social oppressions and environmental issues; New World settler and colonial heresies and the incorporation of Amerindian cosmologies and the environment; indigeneities and cosmopolitics; temporalites and climate change; oil literatures, cultures, and histories; chimeras and hybridity; the posthuman; eco-poetics, -narrative, and –theory; studies in food, agriculture, animals, and plants.