CFP for SSAWW November 2021:
Black Women Writing Nature in the 19th Century
Deadline Extended: January 22, 2021
In Black Nature, Camille Dungy brings together poems about the natural world from four centuries of African American writing. In Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions, Kimberly N. Ruffin emphasizes the range and variety of African American responses to nature: “Although societal impediments mean that African Americans are intimately familiar with environmental alienation on an individual as well as a collective level, this fact does not obliterate African American artists’ imaginative responses to nature’s splendor” (16). This panel will consider Black women writers’ responses to the natural world across the long nineteenth century, considering how these women represent individual and/or collective alienation from nature as well as how they represent the splendor of non-human nature. Ecocritical approaches to Black women’s writings across a range of genres and print contexts are welcome. Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and biographical notes (not to exceed 60 words) to email@example.com by January 22, 2021 (deadline extended).