Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 2, 2016 - 3:36pm
Call for essays in Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities
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Kudzu House Quarterly
Kudzu House Quarterly is calling for submissions for the annual Kudzu Scholar issue (Vol. 6, Iss. 3: Fall Equinox). You may still send full essays directly to email@example.com until May 1st.
Essay Cluster Themes:
American environments before 1900 (Guest edited by Steven Petersheim):
How do narrative and storytelling practices influence representations of the environment in pre-1900 American literature. Possible topics include:
-Representing the environment in captivity narratives or travel narratives written before (or at the start of) the industrial age
-Representing the environment through a writer’s use of nonfictional narrative such as biography, autobiography, literary sketch, etc.
-Representing the environment through the oral tradition or storytelling practices of a Native American group or writer who explores these traditions
-Representing the environment through the romantic conventions or storytelling practices of one author or a group of authors
-Representing the environment through a writer’s historical accounts or natural histories in narrative form
-Innovative approaches that consider the representation of the environment alongside narrative and/or storytelling practices
Event Horizon(s): Writing Crises:
How do we represent and address current ecological and technological exigencies of our day? What might be said about current representations of crisis, such as apocalypse, global habitat destruction, war, postmodern ecology, and industrial waste? Is the term “Anthropocene” anthropocentric? How have multimodal writing platforms changed our understanding of environments and ecology. What is postmodern ecology? I’m thinking of Haraway’s “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene.”
In the introduction to A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari define the rhizome in the following way:
“A rhizome as subterranean stem is absolutely different from roots and radicles. Bulbs and tubers are rhizomes. Plants with roots or radicles may be rhizomorphic in other respects altogether: the question is whether plant life in its specificity is not entirely rhizomatic. Even some animals are, in their pack form. Rats are rhizomes. Burrows are too, in all of their functions of shelter, supply, movement, evasion, and breakout. The rhizome itself assumes very diverse forms, from ramified surface extension in all directions to concretion into bulbs and tubers. When rats swarm over each other. The rhizome includes the best and the worst: potato and couchgrass, or the weed. Animal and plant, couchgrass is crabgrass.”
How can the Rhizome function as a metaphor for Kudzu’s interests in ecology?
Locality (Guest Edited by Alicia Carroll)
Local is the new organic, and the new social movement of localism now understands the production and consumption of local foods and products as a form of environmentalism. Recent critiques of the practice however open ethical questions about the limits of localism. Who benefits from what sometimes seem a fetishizing of the local? To what extent does the local stand in for the “natural” in the movement’s discourse? How does local consumption impact wider ecologies? This movement is ripe for thinking through in ecocritical investigations of literature in which scenes of local foraging, harvesting, consumption, production, “regional” and “global” foods and products become important. Scholarly essays from a transnational, transhistorical, as well as “regional” emphasis are invited.
In our most recent scholarly issue of Kudzu House Quarterly, we featured an essay cluster revolving around “Teaching Ecocriticism.” These essays revealed ways of teaching environmental theory, but they also involved using various teaching platforms and working within specific areas and places. This cluster is focused on pedagogical approaches to technology and environmental literacy: modes of distribution of texts, activities that teach place, digital teaching platforms, and intersections of ecoliteracy and electracy.Send us something relevant to this or any issue pertinent to Kudzu.
Abstracts or (preferably) full essays are to be uploaded to submittable (by the contributor) no later than March 1st. We vet these projects internally, and we then ask the remaining contributors to supply the full draft no later than May 1st. Next, we have our reviewers read the essays and decide if they think they should be published, published with corrections, or declined. The remaining contributors get final drafts back to us in June, and the issue is released September 23rd (the equinox).