The 2015 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention

Country: USA

City: Columbus

Abstr. due: 15.04.2015

Dates: 12.11.15 — 15.11.15

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: ASLE


Over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a “less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future” (45).  While controversial, Phillips’s critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism’s methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity.  So-called “second wave” ecocritics reexamined the field’s founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

 “Third-wave” ecocriticism scarcely resembles the subfield Phillips indicted.  Indeed, today’s ecocriticism is at the vanguard of sophisticated inter and cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences.  Recent ecocritical studies draw upon such diverse fields as cognitive science, evolutionary biology, affect studies, and epidemiology.  Alongside more traditional artifacts such as literature and film, ecocritics examine big data, sustainable development, and other topics of scientific interest.

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