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Hi all, here's a cfp for an edited collection some of your WLA colleagues
are putting together.  -Tom

THINKING CONTINENTAL

Ed. by Susan N. Maher, Tom Lynch, Drucilla Wall, O. Alan Weltzein

Indigenous cultures have, for millennia, produced a rich oral and
written literature
of place, one that often implies intimate connections across particular
landscapes. Globally, rich traditions of environmental writing illuminate
particular places. In these works, the local and the global intersect in
illuminating, often poetic ways. Much ecological writing celebrates the
localized place, often negotiated subjectively in what Lawrence Buell has
called “the Thoreauvian pilgrimage.” On the other hand, concepts like the
“butterfly effect” remind us that the localized place can have a global
impact, that the microplace and macrospace intersect. And, as Ursula Heise
notes, the concept of the "local" is subjective, referring even to our
local group of galaxies. Her observation suggests that our notion of
“nature” is too limited, typically referring only to planet Earth, when in
fact nature encompasses the entire cosmos.

*Thinking Continental*, a volume edited by a prominent quartet of scholars
and writers, seeks submissions for a collection of interdisciplinary essays
and creative works that will break new ground in engaging the complexities
of place, including challenges to the accepted and often unproductive
perceived boundaries between the human and non-human; the concept of micro
and macro space in the mapped world; and other topics that explore the
movement of meaning connected to the many layers of place and being.

The collection will look at how to define these intersections. With
contributions from scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, and
creative writers, *Thinking Continental* ranges over many questions and
integrates international perspectives.

Among the salient questions that this collection will ask are: How does one
envision an ecological macropoetics? How do old and new voices among
storytellers, poets, and essayists chronicle and celebrate the vital
connections between micro- and macrospace? How do they infuse the local
with the global, the global with the local? How might geospatial analysis
and digital humanities aim important new lenses onto global realities? How
do deep time pathways—DNA, geological sciences, astrophysics—guide us
toward a better long view of lived space? How can globally focused
narrative remain personal and intimate? How might thinking continental
advance bioregional agenda or address pressing issues like climate change,
deforestation, industrial agriculture, species decline, heedless growth?

With a projected publication date of 2017, *Thinking Continental* will
collect interdisciplinary voices and illuminate the multiple ways into
biomes, continents, and global history.

Length of Abstract: 1-3 pages

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2015

A prospectus with accepted abstracts will be submitted to a small number of
academic presses by March 1, 2015. The editors are experienced editors and
scholars, whose publications and reputations are well established. We are
confident in the book’s concept and its marketability. Three presses are at
this point interested in the proposal

Send Abstracts and queries via email to:

Dr Susan Naramore Maher at [log in to unmask]

Or fax to:

Dean Susan Naramore Maher, College of Liberal Arts, 218-726-6386

Or mail to:

Dr. Susan Naramore Maher, College of Liberal Arts, 1208 Kirby Drive,
Duluth, MN 55803


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Tom Lynch
Professor
Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Editor, *Western American Literature*
Department of English
202 Andrews Hall
P.O. Box 880333
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, NE  68588-0333 <[log in to unmask]>
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