Session Title

Environmental Violence

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Elizabeth S. Leet

Organizer Affiliation

Franklin & Marshall College

Presider Name

Elizabeth S. Leet

Paper Title 1

To the End of the Earth: Reading Environmental Catastrophe in the Apocalypse of John

Presenter 1 Name

J. M. Bellairs

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

Paper Title 2

Facing the Terror of the Storm in the Exeter Book Riddles

Presenter 2 Name

Lisa M. C. Weston

Presenter 2 Affiliation

California State Univ.-Fresno

Start Date

10-5-2020 8:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 210

Description

The scholars on this panel study climates and environments that reject human dominion and endanger human lives. Unlike much early ecocriticism, which focused on natural spaces as complements to human agency, their papers reject views of nature as mastered (or masterable) by humans. In our time of climate crisis, they seek to complicate anthropocentric views of medieval environments. In doing so, these papers examine the violence environments enact and evaluate the models they offer for human survival and care amidst climate disaster.

Lise Leet

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May 10th, 8:30 AM

Environmental Violence

Bernhard 210

The scholars on this panel study climates and environments that reject human dominion and endanger human lives. Unlike much early ecocriticism, which focused on natural spaces as complements to human agency, their papers reject views of nature as mastered (or masterable) by humans. In our time of climate crisis, they seek to complicate anthropocentric views of medieval environments. In doing so, these papers examine the violence environments enact and evaluate the models they offer for human survival and care amidst climate disaster.

Lise Leet