Edited Collection: Decentering the Anthropocene: Spanish Ecocritical Texts and the Non-Human

Deadline: Sept. 16, 2019
Contact: Maryanne Leone, Associate Professor of Spanish, Assumption College
Email: maleone@assumption.edu
Phone: 508-981-6746

While the study of the environment in American literature is well established, the same is not true for peninsular Spanish literature, film, and culture. Nonetheless, as conversations about climate change and ecological degradation have become more urgent, Spanish writers, directors, and artists are addressing this topic in their works with more frequency and scholars have begun to take note. In 2010, investigators in Spain formed the research group GIECO (Grupo de Investigación en Ecocrítica) and the journal Ecozon@ Revista europea de literatura, cultura y medioambiente at the Franklin Institute at the University of Álcala de Henares.

This collection aims to expand critical study of representations of the environment in Spanish literature and culture, with a focus on interrelations between non-human and human forms. Alternate beings evoked alongside the normative human may include animals, hybrid animal-humans, plant life, ghosts, spectres, avatars, angels and apparitions, robots, cyborgs, androids, monsters, vampires, and others. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

● Ecocritical studies of general fiction or sub-genres (e.g. crime fiction, sci-fi, vampire literature, graphic literature, nautical fiction, mystical literature), (cyber)poetry, theater, performance art, film, photography or other art forms (any time period)
● Ecofeminist perspectives that highlight the relationship between andro- and anthropocentrism (e.g. Greta Gaard, Mary Mellor, Vandana Shiva, Karen Warren)
● Ethical lenses including those of ecosophy (e.g. Val Plumwood) and anotherness (e.g. Mikhail Bakhtin, Patrick Murphy) that dismantle presumptive dichotomies between human and non-human worlds and value diversity and difference
● Ecocritical aesthetic experimentation (e.g. as identified by Richard Kerridge and Justyna Kostowska)
● Animal studies approaches
● Rights over natural resources in light of national and global corporate interests
● Alternative social, political, economic, and environmental models
● Urban environments and their impact on human and nonhuman lives
● Parks and tensions between nature and human activity
● Particular land or sea scapes (lakes, the sea, streams, rivers, mountains, the pampa, etc.)

Interested contributors should send 300-500 word abstracts, in English, and brief biographical statements via email to the editors Maryanne Leone (maleone@assumption.edu) and Shanna Lino (slino@yorku.ca) by September 16, 2019. Essays are to be approximately 20-25 pages long, typed double spaced, written in English, and follow the 8th edition MLA guidelines, with endnotes and a list of works cited. The editors will contact authors regarding accepted abstracts by late September. Completed articles will be due January 6, 2020.

Posted on May 1, 2019