115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Session Chair: 
Ted Geier, University of California, Davis
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Eiben 207


  1. Nicholas Machuca, University of Oregon
    This paper analyzes Sesshu Foster’s alternative history novel Atomik Aztex from an ecocritical perspective, arguing that the novel promotes transportation-related environmental justice by envisioning an alternate reality of equal access to mobility, transit-oriented development, and a universal right to the city. This argument engages the works of Robert Bullard, Ramón Saldívar, and Henri Lefebvre, among others.
  2. Ashley Garver, University of Nevada, Reno
    Through an examination of three second generation immigrant autobiographers (Robert Laxalt, Maxine Hong Kingston, and John Phillip Santos) this paper argues that the legacy of immigration shapes the second generation’s relationship with nature by calling into question who owns and can lay claim to the American landscape.   
  3. John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    James Dickey’s Deliverance and Scott Russell Sanders’ Staying Put are literary works that mark two discrete moments in ecological thinking, and the shift between these two moments becomes evident in the way each work dramatizes the damming of a river and its impacts on the people who live near it.
  4. Maria Padilla, University of Chicago
    This paper looks at the representation of non-human beings in The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly and The Story of a Dog Named Leal by Luis Sepulveda. In a defamiliarized context, animals are used instruments to denounce injustices and to deliver a message. 
Session Cancelled: