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

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

Session Chair: 
Claire Nettleton, Pomona College
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Danielle Crawford, University of California, Santa Cruz
    This paper examines the representation of oceanic disaster in the writings of Lafcadio Hearn. By putting his work in Japan and New Orleans in conversation with each other, I argue that Hearn constructs a discourse of trans-oceanic disaster that relies on the tropes of the Gothic and the racialization of non-EuroAmerican subjects. This paper explores the workings of this 19th century discourse of disaster, and its possible implications for our understanding of 21st century disasters in the Pacific and Atlantic.    
  2. Neal Fischer, University of South Florida
    Through the fantastical visions and uncanny experiences of central characters such as Mazie Holbrook, Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties illustrates how the system of capitalism harms workers physically and mentally when they are separated from nature. An ecofeminist investigation of the novel reveals how capitalism defamiliarizes individuals from nature by associating nature with the monstrous feminine to such a degree that it alters the way people think and act.
  3. Ryan Heryford, University of California, San Diego
    This paper will consider how ocean narratives chart new ecological depictions of a ‘Global South.’ I am interested in the way in which US and Caribbean writers have used the ocean as a dynamic symbolic alternative to the territorialized, land-based tropes prominent in canonical environmental literature.
  4. Samantha Solomon, Washington State University
    This paper reimagines the way that trauma is represented in Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” and A Farewell to Arms by analyzing landscape imagery and pastoralism. Using Leo Marx’s The Machine in the Garden and modern literary trauma theory as theoretical frames, I argue that unspeakable trauma becomes identifiable through Hemingway’s descriptions of the landscape and use of the pastoral mode.    
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