112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Ecocriticism I (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)

Session Chair: 
Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Marriott Imperial


  1. Rebecca Garcia, California State University, San Bernardino
    In this paper I apply Joanna Zylinska’s essay “Bioethics” as a framework on ethical treatment of non-human beings to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, in order to explore what constitutes agency and to consider the effects humans have on their environment in both the novel and in the real world.
  2. Deborah Lilley, Royal Holloway University of London
    This paper examines the ways in which questions of sight and receptivity are raised in response to environmental crisis in contemporary ecocriticism, analysing several theoretical approaches to its representation and interpretation with reference to the treatment of these themes in recent British and American fiction.
  3. Alejandro G. Rubio, California State University, Long Beach
    Although ecocriticism enables critics to examine the ways in which literature conceptualizes the natural world, ecocritical research still overlooks the significant presence of sexuality and gender within nature. Thus, this paper will demonstrate how queer ecology allows critics to examine the ways in which literature genders nature and imposes heteronormative notions of sexuality onto those gendered forms.
  4. Meghan Sterling, University of Northern British Columbia
    This paper will examine Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Valperga within the context of Romantic vitalism. I will suggest that the vitality debates elicited questions regarding the extent to which the individual could be conceptualized as self-contained and that Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel examines the tensions these questions elicited regarding the boundaries between human and nature. 
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