For those who approach literary study from ecological perspectives, including but not limited to specializing in works and authors that advocate environmental concerns, works insofar as they reflect ecological problems or their solutions, green rhetoric, biosemiotics, green poetics, philosophical biology, deep ecology, interdisciplinary approaches touching upon ecology, anthropology, medicine, material culture, chaos and complexity, or ignorance and uncertainty (these last few answer to the nature of ecology as an intellectual construct with an immensely complex object of study).
This essay draws on formalist cultural studies and material feminism to argue for a new approach in modernist studies, which I call formalist materialism, an approach that reads ecological forms alongside aesthetic forms. Such an approach may have distinct advantages. Formalist materialism illuminates a new direction for formalists by connecting…[Read more]
Pamela Phillips started the topic CFP Edited Collection The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830 in the discussion Ecocriticism on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
Please consider contributing to the proposed volume The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830 and feel free to pass this information to interested contacts.
Call for Proposals
The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830
Pamela Phillips, Ph.D.
Department of Hispanic Studies
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
This chapter examines the tendency of readers of Thoreau’s 1864 book “The Maine Woods” to read the landscape through which Thoreau travels as pristine wilderness. I argue, by contrast, that Thoreau presented a social landscape, a “working-forest” avant-la-lettre.
Nobody goes to Gary is a Swiftian satire. Gil Tolliver, an investigative reporter I New York City, makes a fateful journey into the real heart of Gary, Indiana, after hearing the musical tune “Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana” during _The Music Man_. Don’t measure the distance of Gary from New York in miles, but in emotional light…[Read more]
Charlotte Rogers started the topic CFP: “Current and Future Ecocriticisms of the Americas” for ASLE 2019 in the discussion Ecocriticism on MLA Commons 2 years, 5 months ago
What is the current state of hemispheric American ecocritical studies? Where is the discipline headed? The newly formed Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment interest group “Ecocriticism of the Americas” offers a jam session to address these questions at the biannual conference in Davis, CA from June 26-29, 2019. Panel…[Read more]
This Blog covers a new approach to culture via literary analysis. The hypothesis is that distance from dirt is a key aspect of culture that cuts across ideologies. To begin this work, we will use Big Data to study (content analysis) themes and characters in US novels from the 19th C. to the 21st C. Theory for this analysis will be Joel Kovel’s…[Read more]
This rhetorical analysis of the phrase “The Rust Belt” asks the question Is The Rust Belt real or mythical? Does Gayatri Spivak’s ‘Subaltern’ caste now inhabit the (so-called) Rust Belt? Why can’t Rust Belt writers be heard?
“The Rust Belt” is not a title anyone living there would have chosen and yet we use it. Why? Also why should we depend…[Read more]
This essay surveys Thoreau’s antislavery writings from across his career and demonstrates the ecological concerns central to Thoreau’s abolitionist commitment.
Scholarship on the Pearl-poem has seen a significant jump in recent years, due largely to the influx of eco-critical readings throughout Medieval studies. Gillian Rudd’s recent book Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature explores a new and exciting reading of the poem’s natural environment, claiming that the rose met…[Read more]
In 1941, Orhan Veli Kanik, Melih Cevdet Anday, and Oktay Rifat Horozcu, published a poetic manifesto, called Garip (or Strange), that heralded a new period in modern Turkish poetry, known as “The Garip Movement.” In the manifesto, Kanik, Anday, and Rifat declared a total aesthetic break from the conventions of the classical Ottoman poetry, and cha…[Read more]
Presents an analysis of the emergence of new genres of international–especially expatriate–fiction in 21st-century US letters.
An examination of spatial themes in the emerging genre of environmental fiction. Originally presented as a talk at the Futures of American Literature event at Uppsala University (Sweden).
Gloria Lee McMillan created the doc Travel to Gary, IN, “Land of Rust Belt Romance and Adventure” in the group Ecocriticism on MLA Commons 3 years, 4 months ago
This article raises questions about the aesthetics of scale as they appear relative to genetically modified organisms in science fiction and especially in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (2009). Bacigalupi makes the unusual choice of representing GMOs largely through science fictional tropes of automatism rather than the grotesque. Because of t…[Read more]
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic Story in NW Times of Children of Steel unity in diversity lit. project in the discussion Ecocriticism on MLA Commons 4 years ago
Hello, and happy new year all!
Our writers have diverse roots. For instance, one such industrial community, East Chicago, Indiana (host to Arcelor-Mittal’s current flagship and largest US full process steel mill) was listed on censuses in the 1940s and 1960s as having 82 nationalities. As times have changed people have moved to suburbs s…[Read more]
Rust Belt Literature
Public Group active 5 hours, 52 minutes ago
We welcome your participation in the Rust Belt Literature group. NOTE: we are seeking hosts for a panel on Bust belt Literature at the next NLA national convention.
This group will host discussions of all types of literary resp…[Read more]
Please complete the survey and propose an essay (submit an abstract) by 1 June 2016 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mlasurvey_yamashita. The co-editors enthusiastically welcome all input: from those who have taught a single work by Yamashita only once to those who have regularly taught her works over several years. <u>We want to hear from schol…[Read more]
Abby Goode started the topic Sustainability and Population in American Literary History in the forum Ecocriticism on MLA Commons 6 years ago
Special Session 77: “Sustainability and Population in American Literary History” at this year’s MLA might be of interest to folks studying ecocritical topics. The panel is on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in 116 VCC West. More information about the panelists and papers can be found at http://sustainabilityandpopulationinalh.mla.hcommons.org/.
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in this graduate student conference held at the University of California in Irvine. Please visit the Eco-Materialisms website for further information.
EcoMaterialisms: Organizing Life and Matter
University of California, Irvine
Friday 15th May…[Read more]
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