Keynote Panel: Ecology and Religion in 19C Literary Studies – Four Case Studies

Gary Handwerk (University of Washington), “Ecologies and Economies of Nature: Malthus and Beyond”
Joshua King (Baylor University), “Christ and Carbon: Earth as Human in Aurora Leigh”
Patrick R. O’Malley (Georgetown University), “New Woman, New Creed: Spiritual Evolution in Sarah Grand’s Heavenly Twins Trilogy”
Emma Mason (University of Warwick), “Divine Pastoral: Wordsworth and the Weak Things of the World”

Panel #3: American Wildernesses and Ecologies

Moderator: Jeremy Elliott (Abilene Christian University)
Jeremy Elliott (Abilene Christian University), “Echoes of Gnosticism in John Muir’s Ecological Vision”
Sara Frear (Houston Baptist University), “‘Toward the Edge of Town’: Gifford Pinchot and the Domesticated Wilderness of Carol Ryrie Brink”
Jordan Sillars (Baylor University), “‘Voices to proclaim his praise’: Nature, Text, and Divine Revelation in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans”

Panel #2: Ecological Interconnection and Sociality

Moderator: Sean Dempsey (University of Arkansas)
Max Hohner (Eastern Washington University), “Birds of a Feather” – Dickens, Darwin, and the Mutual Aid of Our Mutual Friend”
Molly Lewis (Baylor University), “Ruskin and the Myth of Mechanical Progress”
Paul Martens (Baylor University), “Kierkegaard’s ‘Birds of the Air’: Learning to Live with the Grain of the Universe”
Elizabeth Travers Parker (Baylor University), “John Ruskin’s Birds and the Beatitude of Creation”
Matthew Whelan (Baylor University), “John Clare’s Ecotheological Critique of Enclosure”

Panel #1: Ordained Destinies and National Ecologies in Three 19C British Poems

Moderator: Susan Oliver (University of Essex)
Allison Dushane (Angelo State University), “‘Preternatural Agency’: Coleridge’s Sybilline Leaves and Ethics in the Anthropocene”
Sam Baker (University of Texas at Austin), “Ann Radcliffe’s Stonehenge: A Gothic Poem for a Secular Age”
Devin Griffiths (University of Southern California), “Waking Dover Beach”

Welcome!

Welcome to the Ecology and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference! Our sessions for Day One will get underway at 9:00 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, September 18. A few minutes prior to the session the streaming video will appear here in the Sessions area of the conference website. You can view the session through the site, use the comments section to engage in dialogue about the session or raise questions, or submit questions and dialogue on Twitter using the conference hashtag #EcoReligion19c.

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