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S T U D I E S I N C A N A D I A N L I T E R A T U R E
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Call for Papers – Canadian Literary Ecologies Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, published at the University of New Brunswick since 1975, invites submissions to a special issue focusing on nature, ecology, and ecocritical approaches to anglophone or francophone Canadian literature, to be edited by Pamela Banting, Cynthia Sugars, and Herb Wyile.
One of the most distinctive developments in late twentieth-century literary criticism has been the impact of ecocriticism, and in Canada, as elsewhere, the country’s writers have exhibited a growing preoccupation with ecological issues, with the relationship between humans and the natural world, and with human impact on the environment. This current trend, however, has a long genealogy; unsurprisingly, in a country with such a huge land mass and a relatively sparse population, a concern with nature runs through the history of the literature of the country. While the editors are particularly interested in ecocritical approaches to Canadian literature, more broadly we welcome original submissions on Canadian writing concerning nature, the environment, and ecology, with no limitations as to region, time period, or type of writing. Interdisciplinary approaches are also welcomed.
Possible topics include:
• Ecocriticism and its particular implications for Canadian literature
• The nature/culture divide
• Literary representations of animals and/or natural spaces
• Rural and urban environments
• Borderlands and liminality
• Globalization, neoliberalism, and ecology
• Biodiversity and cultural diversity
• Nature, colonialism, and decolonization
• The exploitation and/or despoliation of the natural world
• The local, the bioregion, and sense of place
• Intersections between textuality and ecology
• Indigenous knowledges and becoming ‘native’ to a place
• Hunting, gathering, gardening, agriculture, and food
• Children and nature
• Environmental ethics, activism, and experimental pedagogies
Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words, including Notes and Works Cited.
English submissions should conform to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition; French submissions should conform to Le guide du rédacteur(du Bureau de la traduction, 2 éd., Ottawa, 1996).
Please submit essays electronically via Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2013, with publication scheduled for 2014. For more information, visit the journal’s website at http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/ or contact Herb Wyile at Herb.Wyile@acadiau.ca or Pamela Banting at email@example.com