2020年04月11日

Power of Greenness (CPF)

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発信元:

Sławomir
Studniarz, Ph.D.

University
of Warmia and Mazury

Olsztyn,
Poland







slawomistudniarz@wp.pl


本文:

CALL FOR  PAPERS



 



The call is addressed mainly, but not
exclusively, to scholars investigating the writings of Edgar Allan Poe,
Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, who might be interested in
contributing to the volume The Power of
Greenness: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and American Environmentalist Discourse
.
 
The title of
the planned collection of essays is an allusion to the classic 1955 study by
Harry Levine The Power of Blackness. Poe,
Hawthorne, Melville.
A
s
the “greenness” in the title suggests, the volume proposes to reexamine the
fiction of Poe, Hawthorne, Melville with a view to establishing their contribution
to what John Opie and Norbert Elliot call “American environmentalist discourse,”
the literature that articulates a position on the natural world and man's relation
to it. Opie and Elliot in their essay
“Tracking the Elusive Jeremiad: The Rhetorical
Character of American Environmental Discourse” survey a wide range of
American  texts that “illuminate the ways
in which Americans have used language to advance positions about the
environment.” Their examples of environmental discourse include, to name a few,
such texts as Samuel Danforth’s sermon “A Brief Recognition of New England’s
Errand into the Wilderness” (1670); William Bartram’s Travels (1791); Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature (1836); Frederick Jackson Turner’s “Significance of the
Frontier in American History” (1893); John Muir’s Yosemite (1912), and  Aldo
Leopold’s “Land Ethic,” from A Sand
County Almanac
(1949).
Yet,
such a list might be easily broadened to incorporate selected writings of Poe,
Hawthorne, and Melville, which show obvious connections to the early ecological
thought in the mid-nineteenth century USA, best exemplified by American
Transcendentalism.



From the questioning of the errand into
the wilderness to the first prefigurings of the Gaia Hypothesis and the subversion
of the anthropocentric paradigm, some of the fiction of the three Romantic
novelists reveals a striking convergence with the present-day environmental
concerns engendered by
an imminent man-wrought ecological catastrophe,
variously dubbed as the sixth massive extinction or an ecocide.



Proposals for essays relevant to the topic of the volume should be sent
directly to Sławomir Studniarz, the editor of the volume, using the provided
e-mail: slawomirstudniarz@wp.pl
    

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