116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

Session Chair: 
James Lu, California Baptist University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 231


  1. Kyle Keeler, University of Oregon
    Child’s Hobomok shows early American settler-colonialism, Puritan farming practices, and interactions with American Indians who inhabited seventeenth-century New England prior to the New World’s “discovery.” I suggest that the Puritans that inhabit Child’s early New England setting rationalize their farming practices, and therefore their separation from and domination of nature through their religion. In so doing, I argue that these practices are roots of future and contemporary human-centered thought in the Anthropocene.
  2. Jacob Price, Rutgers University
    In Ernesto Cardenal’s 1983 Vuelos de victoria, he recounts the success of Sandinista environmental policy to counter slow violence in Nicaragua. “New Ecology” is a poem that puts science and culture in dialogue through Sandinista policy. Cardenal complicates how government regulates human and nonhuman relationships. The poem has decolonial potential to rethink colonial attitudes towards the nonhumans. This paper examines how Sandinista Nicaragua creates the need to understand nonhumans as agents whose survival is prioritized for Sandinismo. 
  3. Bristin Scalzo Jones, University of California, Berkeley
    In 2017, UNESCO declared Colombian-Venezuelan cantos de arreo y ordeño  (herding and milking songs) as Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. My paper investigates these songs’ performative staging of the human/animal bond and the potential ramifications for ecocriticism and animal studies of this practice’s drastic decline.
  4. Kirsten Schuhmacher, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    This discussion analyzes the ways the imp is used to reconcile biological reality with symbolism in The  Faerie Queene, Book I. It argues that there is liminality between plant and human being actualized by the character of Fradubio. Through analyzing Fradubio as being caught between two opposing genres, the argument is made that the figure of the tree-man works to subvert human exceptionalism.
Session Cancelled: