"Literary Landscapes as Imagined Places: Historical, Psychological, Ecological" (NeMLA) Toronto April 30 - May 3, 2015

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Northeast Modern Language Association

Please submit proposals to NeMLA website https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html.
CFP listed under "Interdisciplinary Humanities."
Deadline 9-30-2014. Conference held in Toronto Ontario April 30 to May 3, 2015

This panel examines how landscape theory provides insight into the literary process of transforming images of physical landscapes into conceptual networks of images that embody historical, psychological, and ecological perspectives. Representation of landscape may be constituted from observation (mimetic) but also from powerful emotions conveyed through reconstructions read as metaphor, symbol, and myth.

As Yi Fu Tuan wrote in Space and Place, "Art makes images of feeling so that feeling is accessible to contemplation and thought"(149). We raise the question, 'How does the deep feeling resulting from an attachment to place, as embodied in a literary image, convey the role of that place as part of a conceptual network embodying visions of history, psychology, and ecology?'

Papers may focus on literary works from any literature and historical period.

Marilyn Rye and Karen Waldron, co-chairs