CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Review: “Victorian Natural Environments”

[as published on the Victorian Review website:]

Victorian Natural Environments

Special Issue of the Victorian Review (Fall 2010)

Submission Date for Complete Papers: 15 September 2009

The Victorian Review invites submissions for a special issue devoted to Victorian Natural Environments. Recently, various Victorianist scholarly approaches have begun noting points of confluence with environmental and ecological studies. This issue of Victorian Review is aimed at recognizing these recent insights, considering how notions of natural environments have made an impact on Victorian cultures and values. Essays that address the political role of different configurations of societies, species, living spaces and the planet itself are especially encouraged. What environments did Victorians recognize as natural and unnatural? How did issues of physical and psychological containment impact on Victorians’ sense of themselves as natural agents? What performative systems circumscribed people’s self-identification as human or not quite human? How do environmental, animal and posthumanist studies contribute to our understanding of Victorian identity and society?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Environmental Art and Literature
Popular Science and Daily Lives
Paganism and Nature Spirituality
Acting Naturally in Different Class Contexts
Decadent Nature and Decadent Artifice
Aquariums, Zoos and Other Such Animal Environments
Genius Loci – Spirit of a Place
Anthropomorphism and Animals in the Domestic Environment
Eugenics, Social Darwinism and Criminal Neighbourhoods
Peacocks, Lap Dogs, and Other Animals of Artifice
Anthropology and Environments
Technological Environments and Nature

Essays must be between 5000 and 7000 words and formatted according to MLA guidelines. Queries and abstracts are welcome at any time, but please submit the full essay electronically to the guest editor by Sept. 15, 2009: Dennis Denisoff / Department of English / Ryerson University, Toronto / denisoff@ryerson.ca .

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