Call for Papers: Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature

Call for Papers:  Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature

 Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature (Special issue, NHR, spring, 2023)

Environmental studies have become popular, and Steven Petersheim’s excellent recent book, Rethinking Nathaniel Hawthorne and Nature:  Pastoral Experiments and Environmentality (2020), was the first book-length study to engage completely with this topic in connection to Hawthorne.  Other relevant ground-breaking general literary studies about ecosystems, nature, place, and literature include those by Kent C. Ryden (Sum of the Parts:  The Mathematics and Politics of Regions, Place, and Writing,” 2011, along with his earlier work), and Matthew Wynn Sivils (American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847; 2014). 

       A special issue on Hawthorne and the environment is planned for an upcoming Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Please send proposals/abstracts of 250-400 words by Aug. 8, 2022, to Monika Elbert (elbertm@montclair.eduand to CJ Scruton (cj.scruton.writes@gmail.com).  Final essays should be 6,000-7,500 words, and will be due by January 15, 2023.

Essays are welcome on any topic related to the theme, including:

Hawthorne’s Gothic outdoor landscapes/EcoGothic

Hawthorne’s travels through New England, New York State, and to Niagara Falls in his bachelor days

Tainted nature, as in his science fiction stories; Science vs. nature

Old Manse (honeymoon) gardening and its effect on Hawthorne’s writing; finding “home” in nature

Distrust of commercialism, as impinging on natural or national beauty, as

     Erie Canal (visit to NY State and Niagara Falls, journal entries)

Superstitions in the mountains, as in his travels in New England  (N.H., Maine)

Decaying nature, as in The Marble Faun

Hawthorne and Thoreau, farming in Concord

Imagining the life of the farmer in The Blithedale Romance/Phoebe’s life in farming in The House of the Seven Gables

Dangerous natural landscapes, Zenobia’s drowning

British factory life vs. country life, in Our Old Home

Pure vs. adulterated nature in The Scarlet Letter

Utopianism and agrarian experiments, The Blithedale Romance,

Shakers and Quakers, on nature  (See Hawthorne’s American Notebooks)

Gems, magic, great carbuncle

Creativity in nature, as in “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Nature as home to Native Americans, (H7GSL, “Young Goodman Brown”)

Hawthorne’s disagreements with Transcendentalists on Nature

Hester as maternal image in nature connected to Margaret Fuller and her views of nature goddesses

Hawthorne’s scientists’ attempts to control Nature through control of women (“The Birthmark,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,”/ revisiting Judith Fetterley); comparison with Thoreau’s “Nature is hard to overcome, but she must be overcome”)

Hawthorne’s bachelor-style traipses or jaunts through New England in his American Notebooks vs. his married-life travels through England (countryside and industrial sites) in the English Notebooks

 Non-Western approaches to Hawthorne's depictions of nature and environment

The importance of nonhuman nature in Hawthorne (animals, natural resources, weather)

Black and Native relationships to land in Hawthorne's New England.  One might think of Elise Lemire's Black Walden as a compelling eco-literary-history of the sort that would be good to explore further in Hawthorne.

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Damien Schlarb, "Melville's Wisdom," Co-sponsored by Hawthorne,Stowe, and Melville Societies





Please join us on Friday, January 28 at 2 p.m. EST for a lively discussion with Damien Schlarb about his new book, Melville’s Wisdom (Oxford, 2021), in which he explores how Herman Melville responds to the spiritual crisis of modernity by using the language of the Old Testament wisdom literature to negotiate contemporary discourses on religion, skepticism, and literature. Melville’s engagement with the wisdom books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes speaks to a paradox at the heart of American modernity: the simultaneous displacement and affirmation of biblical language and religious culture. Damien, who teaches American literature and culture at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany, will introduce us to his work, the genesis of the project, the questions that prompted his inquiry, and the argument that emerged. Comments and queries from the audience will follow.

This second talk in our virtual speaker series is co-sponsored by the Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Herman Melville Societies and is organized by Ariel Silver, President-elect of the NHS. (Apologies for cross-postings.)


Zoom Link for the event:  https://southernct-edu.zoom.us/j/89850494833?pwd=QTRZUUM0cERQeTBzYXJJK2hzOWVHQT09
Meeting ID: 898 5049 4833
Passcode: ?03Y#t


Friday, January 28 at 2 p.m. ESTは日本時間では1月29日午前4時になります。


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CFP: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society ALA 2022

Nancy Sweet先生より、ALA 2022へのCFPのご案内がございましたので、お知らせ

Dear Colleagues,

The Hawthorne Society invites proposals for our two sponsored panels at
the American Literature Association’s 33rd annual conference, which will
meet at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL, May 26-29, 2022. Please
see the details below.

NHS Panel 1: Hawthorne's Sympathies

In her recent work Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact in 19th-Century
American Literature, Marianne Noble reconsiders mutual bonds as “confirm
[ing] another’s infinite individuality” rather than a “substituting” of
one’s “own experience for that of another” (4). Affect and shared
subjectivity have long been part of critical conversations on nineteenth
-century American literature, particularly in Nathaniel Hawthorne
studies. In letters to his fiancée, Sophia Peabody, Hawthorne suggests
that “true sympathy” only exists in the “deepest, deepest heart” from
one soul to another rather than in a “distant image,” or conception,
that exists for a loved person (27 Feb. 1842). Sympathetic attachment
within the sentimental-novel tradition and slave narratives have long
been argued as part of the readerly experience (Samuels, et al).
Nineteenth-century sentimentality, however, could also be viewed in
light of social problems, hermeneutics, politics, eroticism, and more.
This panel, sponsored by the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, seeks fresh
approaches to Hawthorne and sentimentality but also to affect and
feeling, broadly understood, in the long nineteenth-century. Topics
might include:

- Hawthorne’s linking of sympathy with nineteenth-century spiritualism,
- nonfictional portrayals of sympathy within The Notebooks,
- artwork and pictorial sympathy,
- the role of sympathy in friendships and authorial relationships,
- transatlantic forms of sympathy within long fiction,
- homosocial relationships and sympathy, among others.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Nancy Sweet by (nsweet@csus.
edu) by Jan. 18, 2022.

NHS Panel 2: Antebellum Apocalypse

In the wake of the Second Great Awakening, apocalyptic themes of
unveiling, prophecy, battle, resurrection, and judgment abound in the
work of Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Stowe, and others. The uncovering (
apocalypsis) of hidden truth became almost an obsession for authors who
sought to evaluate theological, philosophical, and hermeneutic claims
about revelation. In negotiating such claims, these writers look to the
hieroglyphics of sealed books and scrolls and to the text of nature as a
“vast sheet of record” and a “fitting page for [the] soul’s history” to
“write a people’s doom upon” (Scarlet Letter). Equally suspicious of
American millennialism and transcendentalism, such writers approach the
apocalyptic with an effort to see into and beyond the increasing
presence of democratic secularism to arrive at the insights that
annihilation might bring. The sense of universal cataclysm arising from
religious, environmental, and political degradation led to consideration
of the meaning of end times, particularly in the face of their own
portending apocalypse: the crisis of the Union, the abolition of slavery,
the threat of national dissolution, and the onset of war. We invite
papers that reflect on antebellum writers, including Hawthorne, whose
work ruminates on revelation, judgment and accountability, and the ways
in which private concerns relate to public ones in the realms of
religious, environmental, and political stewardship. In our own moment
of cultural, ecological, and medical apocalypse, what understanding can
antebellum apocalyptic writers extend to us? Please submit paper
proposals of 250-300 words to Nancy Sweet at nsweet@csus.edu by Jan. 18, 2022.
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