This panel is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for work that considers representations and significations of nature, landscape, and, broadly speaking, the environment in Brazilian literature and visual arts from the colonial through the contemporary. Among questions we envision as connecting a diverse set of theoretical, methodological, and textual orientations: What readings of classic and contemporary texts are enabled by ecocritical approaches? What works might be read as part of a Brazilian genealogy of environmental criticism? How are ideas of nature and the environment configured historically in their entangling with ideas of nation, region, modernity/tradition, and development/underdevelopment? How do texts define and challenge the alterity of animals and other non-human beings? How might we understand the aesthetic, ethical, epistemological, identitarian, and political dimensions of environmental(ist) discourse and representation in Brazil, historically and today?
Please e-mail proposals in English or Portuguese, including title and brief abstract (300 words) to session organizers by Mon., Oct. 10, 2011.
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