[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernism and the Anthropocene

John McIntyre jmcintyre at upei.ca
Sun Dec 21 12:40:49 EST 2014


Call for Papers

Edited Volume on Modernism and the Anthropocene

Deadline for Proposals: March 31, 2015

Edited by Jon Hegglund, Washington State University and

John McIntyre, University of Prince Edward Island

We are seeking 500-word proposals for submissions to a collection of essays
exploring the representation of the Anthropocene within modernist
literature and culture.  As a whole, the volume examines the emerging and
complex relationship between Anglo-American modernism and its geological,
climatological, and deep historical contexts, as it is articulated in a
range of literary texts, movements, and expressions in the first half of
the twentieth century.

Please email proposals and queries to

Jon Hegglund: hegglund at wsu.edu or

John McIntyre: jmcintyre at upei.ca

 In 2000, the atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen invoked the term
“Anthropocene” to describe the period since the onset of the Industrial
Revolution as an era defined by humanity’s active intervention into the
environmental record on a planetary scale.  In its identification of a new
relation between humans and their environments, the Anthropocene has become
a useful term for the humanities in understanding how literary and cultural
texts respond to these conditions of planetary change. Given that the
temporal scope of Anglo-American modernism coincides with an acceleration
of the human transformation of the Earth, we would expect to see literature
and art register these phenomena, whether directly or obliquely. With such
work in mind, we seek proposals for papers that explore the relationship
between modernism, modernity, and the Anthropocene, taking into account how
these can be seen as mutually constitutive planetary phenomena.  We are
interested in essays which explore modernist representations of the
environment, natural ecosystems, geological time scales, and climate and
climatic events, as those phenomena are related to and impacted by human
activity.

Possible topics include:


- representations of droughts, floods, storms and other forms of “extreme”
weather in modernist texts

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   - representations of geological "events" such as earthquakes, volcanoes,
   or tidal surges in modernist texts
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   - transnational and trans-cultural contrasts across modernist
   representations of the environment
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   - the impact of human activity and agency upon climate and vice versa
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   - the relationship between genre, environment, and climate within and
   across modernist texts
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   - modernist concepts of temporal and/or spatial scale as they relate to
   climatic and environmental
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   representation
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   - weather events and "natural" disasters as narrative cruxes or crises
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   - modernist anxieties or fantasies about species extinction (including
   the human species)




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Dr. John McIntyre,
Associate Professor,
Department of English Language and Literature,
University of Prince Edward Island,
550 University Avenue,
Charlottetown, PE
C1A4P3
(902)566-6076
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