ISLE: Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism (journal issue)
Call for Papers Date:
We seek essays for a special cluster of articles on ecocriticism and postcolonialism to be featured in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment that analyze postcolonial and indigenous works of writers from all geographical areas, especially Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
o In what ways have the historical changes wrought by colonization, decolonization, and globalization affected human relationships to the non-human world and the representation of these relationships?
o How does postcolonial literature depict the spatial organization of place? Does it rely upon or reconfigure urban/rural, modern/primitive, domesticated/wild, and other possible binaries?
o How are postcolonial writers using genre to portray and, perhaps, introduce alternative ways of being in and knowing the non-human world?
o Does postcolonial literature offer ways to work through romanticized images of natives, peasants, the folk, and the primitive so as to move us from the idealized to the “ecocritical”?
o How do postcolonial writing and the global environmental justice movement articulate a critique of first world political, economic, and even literary practices?
Please send all inquiries and full-length submissions (btw. 4000-6500 words, MLA format) to both Cara Cilano (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elizabeth DeLoughrey (email@example.com) by 15 June 2006.
Department of English
University of North Carolina Wilmington
(910) 962-7546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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