Calls for Manuscripts
Below is a current listing of calls for manuscripts that have been sent to us. If you would like to post a call here, please send relevant information to the ASLE Managing Director. Deadlines are in bold.
Those interested in journal and book publication should also consult the following pages:
Submission period May 15-Dec 15. The Fourth River edition on Women and Nature. In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin's eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature: the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature. We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns. Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays.
In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin's book, we are looking for any work that "demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own." -- Adrienne Rich, New Woman's Times Feminist Review.
Submission period is May 15-Dec 15. Check the Fourth River website for more details on submissions. We will also be accepting material for a general issue so please make sure that you identify your submission as for the "Women and Nature" issue. http://fourthriver.chatham.edu/index.php/submit
Posted September 9, 2013. Mind and American Literature Book Series, Camden House Publishers. The series on Mind and American Literature offers a forum for the publication of scholarly work investigating connections between literary texts and interdisciplinary inquiry into the broadly defined concept of mind. Books in the series will take a fresh view of literature from any genre in the contexts of questions and considerations that have emerged from such fields as philosophy, psychology, biology, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. The series is committed to publishing fine writing, accessible to a wide range of educated readers.
Camden House is an imprint of the academic publisher Boydell & Brewer, of Rochester, New York and Woodbridge, UK. Specializing since its founding in 1979 on German literature, literary criticism, and culture, Camden House has had a presence since the early 1980s in English and American literary studies.
Send queries and proposals to professor Linda Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: http://www.camden-house.com/authors_manuscripts_camden_mind.asp
Posted October 15, 2013. Kudzu Review is now calling for Scholarly Essays for its newest yearly publication: The Kudzu Scholar. The journal’s focus, “literature of an invasive species,” reveals diverse intersections of post-colonial and ecocritical understandings of text and environment.
We are particularly interested in longer essays which develop interdisciplinary approaches to ecological theory, environmental writers, ecological philosophy, and green pedagogy, book reviews of recent works such as The Bioregional Imagination, Ecopoetics, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and other such works on ecocritical thought. We also seek short essays (1000-3000 words) which offer “green” literary analysis, and short position statements on current ecological discourse.
Most importantly, the subject matter should reflect our journal’s focus and our theme “hybridity,” which is intentionally vague. Please include a CV, and give a brief description of the essay in your cover letter. For more information, visit kudzureview.com/submit.
Posted October 17, 2013. Place, Memory, Affect is a new interdisciplinary series from Rowman & Littlefield International interested in proposals that seek to extend and deepen debates around the intersections of place, memory, and affect in innovative and challenging ways. Above all, through such indicative explorations, we wish the series to forge an agenda for new approaches to the edgy relations of people and place within the transnational global cultures of the twenty-first century and beyond.
As a series, it might ask such questions as:- • How place is re-imagined and re-experienced through different relations, both materially and through memory, sensation, affect, dream, imagination;
• How cultural, political and economic forces are experienced by and inscribed upon and through bodies as affect and emotion;
• How reconsiderations of place, memory and affect might interrupt entrenched views and structures of thought and power;
• How theoretical and experiential uses of place expand and challenge perception and creativity.
The vision for the series shares something with US writer Terry Tempest Williams: “To see the world whole. To feel ourselves interconnected and interrelated. To explore the issues of our time through the kaleidoscopic vision of many disciplines, not just one.”
To propose a book for this series please complete the book proposal form available at http://www.rowmaninternational.com/working-with-authors/submitting-a-proposal
Please send proposals to Professor Neil Campbell email@example.com and Dr Christine Berberich at Christine.Berberich@port.ac.uk marking your email Place, Memory, Affect Book Proposal
Neil Campbell is Professor of American Studies and Research Manager at the University of Derby, UK. He was Programme Leader for American Studies for over 12 years and also led the very successful MA Culture, Place & Identity for 6 years. He has published widely in American Studies, including the books American Cultural Studies (with Alasdair Kean, Routledge), American Youth Cultures (as editor, Edinburgh & Routledge USA) and co-editor of Issues on Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh). He is, with Christine Berberich & Robert Hudson, co-editor of Land & Identity: Theory, Memory, and Practice (Rodopi, 2012) and with Alfredo Cramerotti co-editor of Photocinema (Intellect, 2013). His major research project is a trilogy of books examining aspects of the contemporary American West: The Cultures of the American New West (Edinburgh, 2000), The Rhizomatic West (Nebraska, 2008) and the final part Post-Westerns (Nebraska, 2013).
Christine Berberich is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. Her research specialisms focus on Englishness and national identity formation, as well as trauma and memory studies. She has published book chapters and journal articles on Englishness as well as the authors W.G. Sebald, Julian Barnes, James Hawes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Siegfried Sassoon and Ian Fleming. Her book The Image of the English Gentleman in Twentieth Century Literature: Englishness and Nostalgia was published by Ashgate in 2007. She is co-editor (with Arthur Aughey) of These Englands. A Conversation on National Identity (Manchester, 2011) and (with Neil Campbell & Robert Hudson) of Land & Identity: Theory, Memory & Practice (Rodopi, 2012) and the forthcoming Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life (Ashgate), as well as editor of The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Continuum).
John Beck, Professor in Modern Literature, University of Westminster, London
Shin Dong Kim, Professor, School of Communication and Director, Institute for Communication Arts and Technology, Hallym University, Korea
Terry Gifford, Professor Honorario at the University of Alicante, Spain and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Writing and Environment, Bath Spa University, UK
Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
Kathleen Stewart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Stephen Tatum, Professor of English and Director, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program, University of Utah, USA
December 31, 2013. “We should look at green again”: Representations of Nature in Middle-earth, to be published 2014 by Walking Tree Publishers
Tolkien’s portrayal of nature in Middle-earth has been interpreted in a variety of ways, often depending on the context of the reading. Some have seen Middle-earth and its potential destroyer, the Ring, as an allegory of the European continent under the threat of the atomic bomb, while others have embraced it as an artistic expression of the Green movement’s agenda in the face of industrial abuse. Some have read nature in Tolkien’s work in terms of old myths and religion; yet others take the exhaustive descriptions of the physical environment, textual and cartographic, as a sign that Middle-earth itself is the central protagonist of the stories. Tolkien himself leaves the field open for interpretation, as long as we do not single out one particular perspective as more valid than another —as he states in his famous 1966 foreword to The Lord of the Rings, applicability not allegory is key to the understanding of his literature.
For all these different approaches, it seems safe to say that nature in Middle-earth plays a crucial role not only in the creation of atmospheres and settings that enhance the realism as well as the emotional appeal of the secondary world; it also acts as an active agent of change within the setting and the story.
This planned collection of essays wishes to offer a diversity of approaches to the different roles of nature in Tolkien’s literary and artistic works. We are looking for nuanced and multidisciplinary accounts of the ways in which human and non-human (elves, dwarves, hobbits, ents, orcs, etc.) individuals and communities interact with the physical environment. Approaches from different fields of research are thus welcome, applying, wherever appropriate, theories concerning the relationship between our conceptions of nature and “place” on the one hand, and the arts and our perception of society on the other. Here, the works by scholars such as David Abram, Robert Pogue Harrison, Tim Ingold, Barry Lopez, Robert Macfarlane, Simon Schama, Rebecca Solnit, Yi-Fu Tuan and Annie Whiston Spirn may be particularly helpful.
The following is a list of topics that we would like to see explored in the volume (though other proposals will also be taken into account):
• Aesthetic and ethical dimensions of nature in Middle-earth: the beauty and meaning of wild and ordered nature in Tolkien’s works. We are especially interested in multidisciplinary approaches using perspectives from eco-criticism, philosophy, theology and architecture.
• Papers exploring the ways in which the realism of Middle-earth (from the point of view of botany, zoology, geology, geography, etc.) illuminates Tolkien’s ideas about the secondary world, and the premises of Escape, Recovery and Consolation (as outlined in his essay On Fairy-stories).
• The role of magic and the supernatural in the natural world of Middle-earth.
• The adaptation of the natural world of Middle-earth in visual media: artwork, films, comics, graphic novels, videogames, etc., using Tolkien’s literary and pictorial representations as a point of reference. Perspectives could also include comparisons between the artistic meta-representations of nature within the literary texts (Hobbit-poetry, plastic arts of Rohan and Gondor, landscaping and gardens of diverse origin, etc.) and those found beyond the texts (sources and inspirations for Tolkien, as well as subsequent representations of nature in Middle-earth on behalf of artists, fans, etc. Is there some sort of discernible tradition being developed?
• Approaches centring on the disclosure of how the ambiguity of nature in Middle-earth is key to our understanding of its role within the wider framework of myth and story. Perspectives may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:
Fear and doom, hope and rebirth in the mineral world and mountainous environments.
Images and symbols of death and life, visions of the future and changes in the land related to water: rivers, ponds, fountains, lakes, oceans.
Elements of consolation and threat in forests, woods and trees
Violence and peace in relation to “natural hybrids” and shape-shifters.
The meaning and purpose of the mysterious “Tom Bombadil-digression” in The Fellowship of the Ring, from the point of view of narrative, nature and myth.
• Analysis of Middle-earth as protagonist of The Lord of the Rings from the point of view of place and narrative structure.
• The evolution of a world: differences in the representation of nature in different literary works, in particular between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We encourage proposals that take into account the influence of literary genre on the narratives and the textual evolution as shown in Christopher Tolkien’s The History of Middle-earth, in particular the four volumes dedicated to The History of The Lord of the Rings, as well as John D. Rateliff’s The History of the Hobbit.
• The impact of Middle-earth’s nature on post-Tolkien fantasy fiction.
If you would like to contribute to this volume, to be published by Walking Tree Publishers in 2014, please submit an abstract (200-300 words) outlining your proposed article together with a short biographical sketch by December 31, 2013. Upon acceptance, full essays are due by June 30, 2014. All contributions should be submitted in English. Please send your abstracts, inquiries and suggestions by email to:
January 1, 2014. Fractured Ecologies: Call for contributions to an edited collection on environmental criticism and radical experimental writing. Edited by Chad Weidner and Franca Bellarsi.
Since the 1990s, ecocriticism has influenced the ways we study literature, but fractures remain. If environmental scholars are to continue to challenge conventional approaches to literary study, inventive methods must be continually developed and improved. British scholar Harriet Tarlo has made a call for environmental engagement with experimental writing, and reminds us that “very few eco-critics engage with innovative or experimental writing.” Franca Bellarsi agrees, and emphasizes the real need to research “green ethics in different avant-garde practices.” And while there has been some preliminary ecocritical work on what can be called experimental nature-writing, so far the most radical writing forms have largely been overlooked. Wild avant-garde writing is a limit case of sorts, and the difficulties in studying such forms are impossible to really avoid. But the lack of ecological perspectives on experimental writing justifies and demands more attention. Moreover, conventional academic publishing outlets have promoted a rather homogenous and monocultural understanding of scholarship that excludes inventive fringe observations. Therefore, Fractured Ecologies welcomes rigorous and irreverent papers that address radical experimental writing and other borderline manifestations in an environmental context. The fundamental question that Fractured Ecologies will attempt to address is: How does radical experimental writing contribute to the ways we think about ecology? Suggested topics may include but are not limited to discussions of ecology in a wide sense and:
Fragments and remnants
Graffiti and wildstyle
Mechanical narrative agency
Words in Freedom
This project is under contract with an independent academic publisher. Contributors will receive a free copy of the book. Please send paper abstracts of 500 words and a working title to Chad Weidner at firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 January 2014. Final essays should conform to the MLA documentation style. Final papers will be due before 1 July 2014. Please email with questions.
Dr. Chad Weidner
Assistant Professor, English and Film
UCR Utrecht University
Lange Noordstraat 1
4331 CB Middelburg
May 31, 2014. “Performing Animals.” This essay collection invites papers on pre-modern (loosely interpreted as pre-twentieth century) performing animals and animal performance in a broad variety of venues and contexts, and from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Recent scholarship on human-animal relationships has begun to explore and theorize the performative ‘intra-actions’ (Barad) and shared theatricality of animals and humans. This scholarly shift in the humanities and social sciences illuminates the necessity for a radical reevaluation of our current conceptualizations of ‘performance’ and ‘performativity’ as solely human, the impact of animal-human relationships on performance, and the worlding such relationships engender. What happens if we take nonhuman and multi-species performance and performativity seriously? Raising the associated issues of agency, subjectivity, objectivity and gender alongside the power of discourse and matter, animal performance and performativity not only necessitate inter, multi and transdiciplinary approaches. The discursive-materiality of human-animal studies also mandates the interrogation and decentering of the very terminology associated with studies of performance (‘staging’, ‘theatre’, ‘theatrical’, ‘performance’ or ‘acting’, ‘performativity’, and so on). Possible topics and questions include, but are not limited to the following:
- embodiments, expressions and definitions of animal agency
- human-animal and animal performativity
- animal ability to act or ‘pretend to pretend’ (Lacan).
- the ability of current theories of animal performance and agency to account for early-modern experiences
- performance and animals as object and/or subject
- animals in theatre, circuses, experiments, demonstrations, tableaux, banquets, battlefields, menageries, markets, etc.
- performing animal gender
- human vs. animal performance
- performing animality or the animal; performing humanity or the human
- performing species, breed or race
- epistemologies of animal performance
- performativity and animal identity
- animal experience and representation
Send abstracts (500-1000 words) or completed papers by May 31, 2014, to:
Karen Raber (email@example.com)
Professor, Department of English
University of Mississippi, Box 1848
University, MS 38677
or Dr. Monica Mattfeld (M.Mattfeld@kent.ac.uk)
Assistant Lecturer, School of English
University of Kent, Canterbury
End of July, 2014. Ecozon@ Issue 6.1 Spring 2015: European New Nature Writing. Guest Editors: Anna Stenning (University of Worcester) and Terry Gifford (Bath Spa University and Universidad de Alicante.
We have recently edited a special issue of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism (17.1, Feb 2013), the ASLE UKI journal, on the New Nature Writing in the UK and Ireland, where nature writing in non-fiction prose has been flourishing over the last decade. We would like to explore in ecocritical essays what has been happening in wider Europe in relation to new forms and modes of representations of nature in the arts, including non-fiction travel, memoir, landscape and nature writing, but also including fiction, ecopoetry, painting and land art.
- What innovative forms of writing or arts are now replacing sentimental, racist or simplistic nationalist representations of nature?
- What would a comparison of ‘old’ and ‘new’ modes reveal about their strengths and weaknesses?
- How is nature being represented in writing, including documents that are concerned with planning, heritage or tourism?
- What terms are being used to categorise what in Britain and America is called ‘nature writing’?
- How do such modes of writing relate to national traditions and conventions, or to the European tradition of pastoral?
- Is there an urban nature writing?
- What new journals might be springing up to re-enagage with nature and what are the characteristics of their contents?
- What electronic modes of writing might be challenging conventional print modes of consumption of nature?
- Is the concept of nature itself being stretched to include forms of marginal ground, domesticated landscapes, or edgelands?
- What are the best theoretical frames for analysing new modes of nature writing?
- How is nature being contextualised now in the light of an economic/environmental crisis? Is there a gendered, class or postcolonial dimension to this writing?
- Is there a postmodern nature writing, for example, in the avant-garde modes of ecopoetry?
- If you are a writer of nature writing you might like to reflect upon your process and choices, perhaps using a case study.
- You might want to interview an innovative nature writer about their process, choices and reception through an edited email exchange.
Articles should be typed double spaced, with references in the MLA style and footnotes (see Author Guidelines on the Ecozon@ platform). Manuscript length should be between 4000 and 6000 words. Eventual submissions should be made via the journal platform with a MS Word attachment of the document. Please note also that articles should have a broad ecocritical flavour and be informed, to some degree, by ecological theory. Although it is not essential, we would encourage potential authors to make prior contact with the editors through the submission of an abstract (approximately 500 words) in English sent as an attachment in Word document format along with a covering email giving your name, address and institutional affiliation and an indication of which of the five languages you intend to use. Articles can be submitted at any time up to end of July 2014 when the review process will begin.
To discuss possible contributions contact Terry Gifford: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EASLCE & GIECO - Instituto Franklin - Universidad de Alcalá
Ongoing. Ecocritical Theory and Practice Book Series, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Series Editor: Douglas Vakoch, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA.
Ecocritical Theory and Practice highlights innovative scholarship at the interface of literary/cultural studies and the environment, seeking to foster an ongoing dialogue between academics and environmental activists. Works that explore environmental issues through literatures, oral traditions, and cultural/media practices around the world are welcome. The series features books by established ecocritics that examine the intersection of theory and practice, including both monographs and edited volumes. Proposals are invited in the range of topics covered by ecocriticism, including but not limited to works informed by cross-cultural and transnational approaches; postcolonial studies; ecofeminism; ecospirituality, ecotheology, and religious studies; film/media and visual cultural studies; environmental aesthetics and arts; ecopoetics; and animal studies. Please send proposals to the series editor, Douglas Vakoch, at <email@example.com>.