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More conference information forthcoming:

MLA 2021 Call for Papers: Hawthorne and the EcoGothic

The Annual Conference of the MLA will meet in Toronto on January 7-10, 2021. The editors of Gothic Nature observe that the Gothic now serves as a primary means to articulate the horrors of climate change and our current environmental crisis. EcoGothic, however, has been a fundamental component of American literature since William Bradford recoiled from the continent’s “hideous & desolate wilderness.” A recent spate of articles not only acknowledges this strange continuity but has begun to situate Nathaniel Hawthorne as one of the tradition’s key figures. This panel invites papers that further investigate Hawthorne’s entanglement with the ecoGothic.

Abstracts of 250 words to Nancy Sweet at by March 1, 2020.

Revisiting Hawthorne’s short stories

Essays of ca. 6,500-7,000 words on Hawthorne’s short stories and/or sketches for the fall, 2020 issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.  The topic is open, but we are looking for new approaches to Hawthorne’s stories and sketches, which could include (but are not limited to):  the changing structure of his stories (over the course of his career);  the changing  narrative point of view of the sketches; Hawthorne’s use of contemporary history (such as the Panic of 1837; the construction and use of the Erie Canal); attitudes towards popular culture; depictions of immigrants, servants, or Native Americans; social class or the capitalist economy; ecoGothic or views of nature; the supernatural and magical; changing domestic interiors or living spaces; urban landscapes; industrialization; travel; disease, aging, and death; comparison to other nineteenth-century writers (influences on or by).

Please send abstracts of 250 words and short bios by March 15, 2020 to Monika Elbert, and Laura Laffrado,

Queries welcome.  Final essays will be due July 30, 2020.

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