“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Conference Panel on The Ecological Thought

The American Literature Association is sponsoring a panel on The Ecological Thought:

A Session Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

American Literature Association--22nd Annual Conference, Boston, May

26-29, 2011

American Literature and the Ecological Thought

This session will examine literary work in North America as a space for clarifying the aesthetic, philosophical and political implications of the ecological thought. The ecological thought is defined as “the thinking of interconnectedness,” in the words of Timothy Morton, “the practice and process of becoming fully aware of how human beings are connected with other human beings are connected with other beings” (The Ecological Thought 7). How might American literature offer ways to consider the ecological thought as distinct from the discourse (and social movement) of environmentalism as well as contermporary (mostly ecological) ideas about nature and the natural world?

Please send queries or one-page abstracts (for a 15 minute presentation) by

January 20, 2011, to professor Mark C. Long, at mlong@keene.edu.

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