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

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

Session Chair: 
Ted Geier, University of California, Davis
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 3


  1. Geraldine Fiss, University of Southern California
    This paper explores the ways in which the contemporary movement of Chinese ecopoetry intersects with Western ecocritical thought as well as classical Chinese aesthetics. A key figure of Chinese ecopoetry today, Hua Hai and other poets respond to and problematize classical Chinese thought about the relationship between nature and man.  
  2. Doris McGonagill, Utah State University
    Sebald’s text resonates with multiple intellectual traditions (pre-Socratic philosophy, the Stoics’ secundum naturam, artistic representation aiming for exact mimesis et al.)  It can also be read as a depiction of nature that is already “post-natural,” an apocalyptic world in which the devastating imprint of human civilization has destroyed nature.
  3. Ron Milland, Independent Scholar
    This paper will briefly outline the means by which the fields of sustainability, and more largely environmentalism, have been hindered and even marginalized by the world financial system.  An ecocritical approach can prove helpfully informative in the arenas of scholarship and activism - particularly through the use of interdisciplinary analysis.
  4. Claire Nettleton, Pomona College
    This paper will examine J.K. Huysmans’ poetic depiction of Paris’ forgotten Bièvre River, which is now polluted and buried underground.  I will argue that in “La Rive Gauche” (1874), the Bièvre is akin to the poet flaneur who traces the nineteenth century flight from the countryside to the gritty city center.  
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