Special Issue "Opening the Ecological Text"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787). This special issue belongs to the section "Literature in the Humanities".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anne McConnell
Guest Editor
West Virginia State University
Interests: Contemporary literature from France, Latin American, and the United States; critical theory; comparative literature
Dr. Kent Shaw
Guest Editor
English Department, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766, USA
Interests: Contemporary poetry from the United States; digital humanities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Timothy Morton describes “the ecological thought” as a “vast sprawling mesh of interconnection without a definite center or edge.”  He argues for a form of ecocriticism that refuses to limit itself to works of literature and art that are about something explicitly ecological:  the climate crisis, pollution, environmental toxins.  As Morton suggests, our tendency to see the environment as something “out there,” specific to a limited set of concerns, informs a type of ecocriticism that fails to see the ecological implications of any text, both thematic and formal.  We are interested in papers that explore a diverse array of ecologies and demonstrate an agile understanding of ecocriticism.  We understand the environmental crises of our contemporary world reach far into the intricacies and intimacy of daily life.  How can ecological writing influence not only subject matter, but also the practice of writing?  We would especially encourage papers that consider primary texts which display a kind of radical, indefinable openness—regarding textuality as an interrelated system of parts that constantly shift and evolve.  Lastly, we invite papers on texts that grapple with defining a literary genre of ecocritical or ecopoetic writing.  We imagine a volume that contains papers on contemporary fiction and poetry from a variety of cultural and linguistic traditions.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the topic or would like to run an idea by us before submitting a manuscript. 

Dr. Anne McConnell
Dr. Kent Shaw
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ecocriticism
  • ecopoetics
  • environmental literature
  • contemporary literature
  • contemporary poetry

Published Papers

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