CALL FOR PAPERS – “Of Queen’s Gardens”: Victorian Ecofeminism

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012 Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester Host
Institution: St. John Fisher College Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan,
2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Deadline: September 30, 2011

This panel invites ecofeminist readings of Victorian literature
(novels, poetry, prose), wherein women are frequently given “natural”
traits or are associated with the earth. Ecofeminist interpretations
may highlight the damaging consequences of this link, or celebrate
women’s potential to reform cultural/environmental attitudes because
of it. In what ways does the woman/nature link function in Victorian
literature? What do these interpretations reveal about Victorian
attitudes about gender and the environment, and the treatment of each?
Please e-mail abstracts of 300-500 words to Margaret Kennedy,

Please include with your abstract:

  • Name and Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester,
New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away
from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for
attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and
the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with
conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as
celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.