Hawthorne and nature, Hawthorne and the environment

deadline for submissions: 
August 8, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

 A special issue on eco-Hawthorne, or, more generally, on Hawthorne and nature is planned for spring, 2023. Please see the CFP below.  Queries are welcome.Proposals are due Aug. 8, 2022; essays are due January 15, 2023.Thank you.Monika Elbert,  
Editor, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and Prof. of English, Montclair State University  

Call for Papers:  Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature

 Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature (Special issue, NHR, spring, 2023)

Environmental studies have become popular, and Steven Petersheim’s excellent recent book, Rethinking Nathaniel Hawthorne and Nature:  Pastoral Experiments and Environmentality (2020), was the first book-length study to engage completely with this topic in connection to Hawthorne.  Other relevant ground-breaking general literary studies about ecosystems, nature, place, and literature include those by Kent C. Ryden (Sum of the Parts:  The Mathematics and Politics of Regions, Place, and Writing,” 2011, along with his earlier work), and Matthew Wynn Sivils (American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847; 2014).

       A special issue on Hawthorne and the environment is planned for an upcoming Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Please send proposals/abstracts of 250-400 words by Aug. 8, 2022,

to Monika Elbert (elbertm@montclair.eduand to CJ Scruton (cj.scruton.writes@gmail.com).  Final essays should be 6,000-7,500 words, and will be due by January 15, 2023.

Essays are welcome on any topic related to the theme, including:

Hawthorne’s Gothic outdoor landscapes/EcoGothic

Hawthorne’s travels through New England, New York State, and to Niagara Falls in his bachelor days

Tainted nature, as in his science fiction stories; Science vs. nature

Old Manse (honeymoon) gardening and its effect on Hawthorne’s writing; finding “home” in nature

Distrust of commercialism, as impinging on natural or national beauty, as

     Erie Canal (visit to NY State and Niagara Falls, journal entries)

Superstitions in the mountains, as in his travels in New England  (N.H., Maine)

Decaying nature, as in The Marble Faun

Hawthorne and Thoreau, farming in Concord

Imagining the life of the farmer in The Blithedale Romance/Phoebe’s life in farming in The House of the Seven Gables

Dangerous natural landscapes, Zenobia’s drowning

British factory life vs. country life, in Our Old Home

Pure vs. adulterated nature in The Scarlet Letter

Utopianism and agrarian experiments, The Blithedale Romance,

Shakers and Quakers, on nature  (See Hawthorne’s American Notebooks)

Gems, magic, great carbuncle

Creativity in nature, as in “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Nature as home to Native Americans, (H7GSL, “Young Goodman Brown”)

Hawthorne’s disagreements with Transcendentalists on Nature

Hester as maternal image in nature connected to Margaret Fuller and her views of nature goddesses

Hawthorne’s scientists’ attempts to control Nature through control of women (“The Birthmark,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,”/ revisiting Judith Fetterley); comparison with Thoreau’s “Nature is hard to overcome, but she must be overcome”)

Hawthorne’s bachelor-style traipses or jaunts through New England in his American Notebooks vs. his married-life travels through England (countryside and industrial sites) in the English Notebooks

 Non-Western approaches to Hawthorne's depictions of nature and environment

The importance of nonhuman nature in Hawthorne (animals, natural resources, weather)

Black and Native relationships to land in Hawthorne's New England.  One might think of Elise Lemire's Black Walden as a compelling eco-literary-history of the sort that would be good to explore further in Hawthorne.