Call for contributions to volume on Myth and 21st cent. Environmentalism. Literary and Artistic Practices for Saving the Planet

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Esther Sanchez-Pardo / Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Myth and the environment have shared a rich common cultural history travelling as far back as the old times of storytelling and legend (Love 2003; O’Brian and White 2017, Schama 1996). From native American oral narrative where animals, humans and other beings interact, to Genesis in the Bible or the Darwinian theory of evolution, we can trace a rich array of elements which qualify as myth in different cultures. All of them, almost constantly have effects on the environment. From animals to “supernatural events,” the liminality of myth exhibits transition and transformation.

We seek contributions that engage the urgent need to act upon the deterioration of the planet across literary and artistic practice from the second half of the 20th century up to now in the crucial dialogue among the environment, science and myth. From classical views on the wilderness, to ecological ideas, environmentalism and current activism against climate change, including but not limited to cultural ecology, ethnobiology, animal studies, ecosophy, environmental philosophy and climate fiction. From Rachel Carson’s work to Vandana Shiva, to current dystopia, post-apocalyptic fiction and ecopoetics, and engaging with the legacy of land art, performance and current interventions, with names such as those of Alice Adams, Richard Long, Christo, Mendieta, Joan Jonas, Tomás Saraceno or Pedro Reyes. 

Ecocritical, new materialist, performative, green and (anti)global warming perspectives are welcome. Chapters should be between 7,000-9,000 words and reflect upon the current status of myth and the environment/environmentalism.  We welcome 500-word proposals which address, but are not limited, to the following:

Myth and conservationism, sustainability, and reparation

Myths of rebirth, new mythologies and cosmologies and revisionist mythmaking

Ecosophy, environmentalism, ecocriticism and myth

Nature, science and the sacred

New Bucolic Literature

Current iconographies of environmentalism and/or environmental issues

Environmental dystopias, climate fiction, Afrofuturism, Post-Anthropocene and Ecocene approaches

Gender, myth and the environment

Feminist mythmaking and the environment

Ethnicity/race/indigeneity, myth and the environment

Ethical readings of climate fiction and environmental literature and art

Environmental activism and eco-citizenship in literature and the arts

Environmental education and ecoculture and children’s literature

Environmental aesthetics


Deadline for proposals:  May 31, 2021

Please, send your proposals as Word files to:

Submissions should include author’s name, affiliation and email address, a tentative title, 5 keywords, and a 200-word cv.

Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2021

Full chapters (between 7,000 and 9,000 words) will be expected by January 31, 2022.

Selected essays will be compiled in a volume that will be published by a top international publisher.