The EcoGothic and the American West

As an affiliated organization, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) hosts a panel at the annual WLA conference. As you know, this year WLA will be held September 21-24 in beautiful Big Sky, Montana! The conference theme is “The Profane West.” http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2016/

The subject for the ASLE panel will be “The EcoGothic and the American West.” If you are interested in presenting on this panel, please send a 150-word abstract by Friday, April 28 to amyhamil@nmu.edu. See below for the panel CFP.

CFP: The EcoGothic and the American West

Over the past five years, the use of the term “ecoGothic” to describe both a type of analysis and a mode of writing has proliferated among scholars interested in environmental writing that addresses the more terrifying/horrific aspects of the natural world. To date, much of the focus has been on authors whose work has more traditional Gothic overtones, such as Mary Shelley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bram Stoker, and Cormac McCarthy. This panel seeks to expand the conversation about the ecoGothic, specifically with respect to the print and visual culture of the American West.

Proposals and papers might address, among other things:

Ecophobia (fear and dread of nature)
Extinction
Climate change
Pollution
Natural disasters
Environmental injustice
Monstrosity
Unnatural Anomalies
Revenge-of-nature

Amy T. Hamilton
Associate Professor of English
Northern Michigan University

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