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

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

Session Chair: 
Doris McGonagill, Utah State University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College
    This paper investigates the annual Lightning in the Bottle (LIB) Festival as an environmentally conscious and ethical community whose “green mission” is to change lives through naturalist art and innovation. LIB creates within contemporary American culture a space that provides a new vision for the production and consumption of goods, music, art, and ideology for “a more sustainable world, while connecting deeply with nature and the community around us.”
  2. Christina Clancy, Beloit College
    Pollution penetrates every border, from air, water and soil to the human body. Contemporary writers mark the shift in consciousness from land to body, and chronicle the anxiety associated with the body as a polluted space.
  3. Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University
    The medieval Greek romances Digenes Akrites and the Byzantine Achilleid depict male lovers as predators and gardeners of their female beloveds, who are invariably depicted as prey or plants.  An ecofeminist analysis will demonstrate how the romances use zoomorphic and anthomorphic metaphors to depict the subjugation of women.
  4. Meghan Olivas, University of Southern California
    In my conference presentation I will examine how apocalyptic texts like Jack London’s “The Scarlet Plague” (1912), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915) participated in the racialization of both urban and natural spaces.
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