113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

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

Session Chair: 
Ted Geier, University of California, Davis
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Skyline II (PH-ET)


  1. Steve Adisasmito-Smith, California State University, Fresno
    Applying ecocriticism to the Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, a strange dynamic emerges: when the forest is familiar, other peoples are demonized or bestialized. When human violence is recognized, the forest must be cleared.
  2. Hill Taylor, Oregon Health and Science University
    This presentation examines the prescience, and absurdity, of the ecological utopia portrayed in the novel Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.  Ecotopia, and similar narratives of ecological possibility, can be read (and realized) through an ecopsychological lens.  The presentation profiles how student critique vis-à-vis ecotopian literature enables a situated environmental reflective practice and approach.
  3. Sharon Kunde, "University of California, Irvine"
    This paper proposes to use Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain (1903) to explore new modes of thought about the connections between language and identity that have implications for our understanding of and response to the global but regionally and socioeconomically uneven effects of climate change.
  4. Taylor Eggan, Princeton University
    This paper situates ecology at the limits of representability. As an obscure, uncanny force, ecology can only come into appearance indirectly as a ghostly presence that haunts landscape from within. I investigate this notion of an ecological uncanny by exploring the “weird anima” of D. H. Lawrence’s New Mexican landscapes.
Session Cancelled: