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>From: "Nicole Merola" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Ecocriticism and The Animal Other (9/15/06; NEMLA, 
>3/1/06-3/4/06)
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>CFP: Ecocriticism and The Animal Other (09/15/06; NEMLA, 03/01/06-03/04/06)
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>Theorist Cary Wolfe claims the question of the animal is "perhaps 
>the central problematic for contemporary culture and theory."  This 
>panel seeks papers that address the presence of the animal in 
>literary, filmic, and other cultural forms.  Proposals energized by 
>interdisciplinary and cultural studies methodologies are especially 
>welcome.  Also welcome are proposals that use the location of the 
>animal to theorize new modes of ecocritical practice.
>
>This session responds to a groundswell in contemporary theoretical 
>and ecocritical practice in which scholars have increasingly begun 
>to attend to the presence and function of the animal in literature, 
>film, art, and philosophy.  Recent work by Donna Haraway, The 
>Companion Species Manifesto; Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and 
>Animal; Jacques Derrida, "And Say the Animal Responded"; Cary Wolfe, 
>Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and 
>Posthumanist Theory and the anthology Zoontologies: The Question of 
>the Animal; taken together with recent films such as March of the 
>Penguins, Eight Below, Winged Migration, and Grizzly Man, indicate 
>that representing and thinking about the animal occurs at all levels 
>of culture.  As Derrida and Haraway remind us, opening up the 
>question of the animal simultaneously opens up the question of the 
>human. That is, by interrogating the particular ways in which the 
>status of animal is assigned to an "other," one creates the oppor!
>  tunity to investigate the operations of long humanist traditions 
>that employ the construction of the animal to shore up the 
>construction of the human.
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>The purpose of this session is to convene scholars whose work comes 
>at the question of the animal from a variety of directions, thereby 
>creating productive discussion that cuts across genre and 
>discipline.  In the service of examining representations of the 
>animal in literature, film, and other cultural forms, topics might 
>include: posthumanist perspectives on or theorizations of the 
>animal, animals and technologies, the animal in/as art, animals and 
>globalization, animality as inequality/animality and other 
>inequalities, the companion animal.
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>This panel is co-sponsored by the Association of the Study of 
>Literature and the Environment.
>
>Proposals should be 500-750 words.  Send proposal by email to: 
>[log in to unmask]  Deadline: Sept 15, 2006.

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