Ecocriticism, Sustainability, and Literature

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2024
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Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies
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In today's world, we bear witness to epidemics and pandemics, the global climate change caused by human actions, as well as ecological collapse marked by floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. These events underscore the risks and challenges of a human-centered way of life. At the same time, they remind us of the need to reconsider our binary and hierarchical divisions between humans and the Earth, humans and animals, mind and body, nature and culture. In the 1970s, William Rueckert's groundbreaking work 'Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism' (1978) delved into the relationships between humans and non-humans, the deep history of our planet, environmental transformations, and the changing micro and macro climates, all within the context of literature. Since then, these ideas have found a systematic place in the fields of cultural and literary studies and literary criticism. Today, in the Anthropocene, we actively engage with post-human theories, ecofeminism, feminist new materialism, affect theory, actor-network theory, speculative realism, and sustainability.

Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies will center its 6th issue on the theme of 'Ecocriticism, Sustainability, and Literature,' set for April 2024. The issue welcomes articles that explore literary works, both fictional and non-fictional, from the early Ottoman period to contemporary Turkey, within an ecological perspectives, offering a comparative global literary outlook. Articles in English or Turkish can be sent to until February 1, 2024.

  • Environmental History
  • Memory Studies
  • Gender Studies, Feminism, and Sustainability
  • Literary Theories
  • Genre Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Video Games
  • Graphic Novels
  • Environmental Disasters, Epidemics, and Famine
  • Post-humanism
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Turkish and Ottoman Literature
  • World Literature(s)
  • Folklore / Fairy Tales
  • Migration and Colonialism, Postcolonialism
  • Travel Writing
  • Translation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All submissions should be done through the electronic submission page on the website Format/ Font: MS Word in Times New Roman 12 point (Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition). All the papers must be original, unpublished and written within 3,000-15,000 words. An abstract in 100-200 words and 4-7 keywords should be embedded within the paper. Each paper should include a cover letter suggesting the name of the author, along with a brief bio, not exceeding 50 words. The name of the author and co-author (if any) must not be written or suggested anywhere except the cover letter. The paper should be original and must have a proper bibliography and work cited section. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Any suggested revisions by the editor and peer reviewers must be returned in two weeks without delay. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.

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