CFP: Hawthorne and the environment, Hawthorne and nature (Special Issue, NHR, Spring 2023)

CFP Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature: I’ve posted this on other websites but am interested in finding contributors who will focus on women and nature connected to Hawthorne’s life and works:  as, for example, the Alcotts and Hawthorne in Concord, Margaret Fuller and her views of nature as connected to Hawthorne’s (e.g. in their travels to Niagara Falls/the Great Lakes). See also, below (in bold). Contact me if you have questions.  Prof. Monika Elbert (, Editor of Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.

Environmental studies have become popular, and Steven Petersheim’s excellent recent book, Rethinking Nathaniel Hawthorne and Nature:  Pastoral Experiments and Environmentality (2020), was the first book-length study to engage completely with this topic in connection to Hawthorne.

A special issue on Hawthorne and the environment is planned for an upcoming Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Please send proposals/abstracts of 250-400 words to Monika Elbert ( and CJ Scruton ( by July 25, 2022. Final essays should be 6,000-7,500 words, and will be due by January 15, 2023.

Essays are welcome on any topic related to the theme, including:

Hawthorne’s Gothic outdoor landscapes/Ecogothic

Hawthorne’s travels through New England and to Niagara Falls in his bachelor days

Tainted nature, as in his science fiction stories

Old Manse (honeymoon) gardening and its effect on Hawthorne’s writing; finding “home” in nature

Distrust of commercialism, as impinging on natural or national beauty, as

     Erie Canal (visit to NY State and Niagara Falls, journal entries)

Superstitions in the mountains, as in his travels in New England  (N.H., Maine)

Decaying nature, as in The Marble Faun

Hawthorne and Thoreau, farming in Concord

Imagining the life of the farmer in The Blithedale Romance/Phoebe’s life in farming in The House of the Seven Gables

Dangerous natural landscapes, Zenobia’s drowning

British factory life vs. country life, in Our Old Home

Pure vs. adulterated nature in The Scarlet Letter

Utopianism and agrarian experiments, The Blithedale Romance,

Shakers and Quakers, on nature  (See Hawthorne’s American Notebooks)

Gems, magic, great carbuncle

Creativity in nature, as in “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Nature as home to Native Americans, (H7GSL, “Young Goodman Brown”)

Hawthorne’s disagreements with Transcendentalists on Nature

Hester as maternal image in nature connected to Margaret Fuller and her views of nature goddesses

Hawthorne’s scientists’ attempts to control Nature through control of women (“The Birthmark,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,”/ revisiting Judith Fetterley); comparison with Thoreau’s “Nature is hard to overcome, but she must be overcome”)

Hester’s natural landscape home (peninsula cottage) and her being at home in nature/the forest

Hawthorne’s bachelor-style traipses or jaunts through New England in his American Notebooks vs. his married-life travels through England (countryside and industrial sites) in the English Notebooks

 Non-Western approaches to Hawthorne’s depictions of nature and environment

The importance of nonhuman nature in Hawthorne (animals, natural resources, weather)

Black and Native relationships to land in Hawthorne’s New England.  One might think of Elise Lemire’s Black Walden as a compelling eco-literary-history of the sort that would be good to explore further in Hawthorne.