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

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

Session Chair: 
Katja Jylkka, University of California at Davis
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Parlor C (PH-ET)


  1. Rebecca Geleyn, University of Calgary, Canada
    This paper argues that encounters with animals in Lydia Millet’s How the Dead Dream, while displacing the protagonist out of his previous social bonds, also introduce a new form of inter-species sociality. Parallels between humans and animals do not simply act as metaphors in the novel but encourage an understanding of shared vulnerability to our postmodern environment. Specifically, using Agamben’s The Open, this paper examines boredom as a point of congruence between the human and the animal.
  2. Samantha Skinazi, University of California , Santa Cruz
    Placing Carroll's Alice texts in conversation with Derrida's critique of Cartesian thought as a war against other animals, this paper asks what happens to the notion of human sovereignty and the modern subject when non-human animals' points of view, even if only imagined, are written back into our story?
  3. Kyle Sittig, Washington State University
    This paper uses Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) to investigate notions of a non-anthropomorphic approach to animal empathy in narrative film, by looking at the ways humans are visually dehumanized, rather than engaging with animals directly. 
  4. Katelyn Kenderish, Independent Scholar
    Reading together Marianne Moore’s “The Fish,” Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish,” and Jorie Graham’s “Salmon” allows a juxtaposition of responses to non-human beings as metaphors and subjects with relationships to humans.  Each of the poems’ forms bolsters and defines its connections to the beings it includes to reveal a variety of ecopoetic implications.  
Session Cancelled: