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CFP: Ecospeak and Ecocriticism: What Reciprocity Between Humanity and the Planet?

In 2016 the Journal “L’Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria” is publishing a thematic issue titled: Ecospeak and Ecocriticism: What Reciprocity Between Humanity and the Planet?

Since the end of last century our Planet Heart has become the object of an attention aimed at awakening environmental awareness. “Being” means today “being in a place” and the word ‘place’, as opposed to the more abstract ‘space’, has become an essential concept to rethink our way to inhabit the Planet. In this sense, Yi-Fu Tuan affirms that places are “centers of felt value”, because humans can develop a place-attachment but not a space-attachment, this last being a geometrical or topographical abstraction without sentimental bonds.

One of the theories exploring these matters is Ecocriticism, born with the “intent to include the environmental question in literary criticism, as it had already been done for civil rights and for the feminist and postcolonial question” (S. Iovino). Which points of view can then spread from such a perspective, not only on literary matters but inside a wider analysis taking into consideration the so called Ecospeak? How does communication treat the relationship humanity/nature?
 We invite to present contributions answering, from a synchronic and diachronic point of view, one or more of the following questions:

  • How does the Ecological question and consciousness modify the narration, both at discourse and contents level?
  • How do different literary traditions relate to the concept of Ecocriticism?
  • Is Ecocriticism compatible with the Christian conception of the creation?
  • Which argumentative strategies are used in ecocritical discourse and how are they transposed from one cultural field to another through translation?
  • Which communicative manipulations are put to use with respect to the new and increasingly widespread ecological sensibility?
  • How does the ecological crisis and the modern ecological awareness intervene in the relationship of humans with the place where they live?

We believe this last perspective to be particularly interesting to be explored in the year when EXPO 2015, titled Nutrire il Pianeta, Energia per la Vita, takes place in Milan. Moreover, the theme of sustainability, of intelligent and responsible growth, of attention to the Planet, to climate changes, to resources and raw materials are among the key points of Horizon 2020.

We invite submissions related, but not limited to, any of the aforementioned issues.

Deadline for submissions : 22 November 2015.

Papers, no longer than 20.000 characters with spaces, must be submitted online through the journal website : http://www.analisilinguisticaeletteraria.eu and must follow the journal stylesheet.

Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by April 2016.

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