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Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 15: Music

Posted: February 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, the journal of ASLE-UK (the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment), explores interdisciplinary interfaces between humans and the natural and built environment. Submissions are invited for our summer 2011 edition which will focus on music.

The study of music is a developing area in ecocriticism. Composers, songwriters and musicians in a wide variety of styles have come to understand their music through ideas about ecology or environmentalism. For some eco-philosophers, music is an important model for ecological relationality. Music also plays a central role in environmental protest and advocacy, while its consumption contributes to the ‘ecological footprint’ of the culture industries.

Topics, that can address any genre of music, could include, but are not
restricted to:

•    an ecocritical analysis of an individual songwriter, composer or genre
•    music, audience and environmental protest
•    theories of music and ecology
•    music and eco-phenomenology
•    ecocriticism and biomusicology
•    a political ecology of the music industry


Green Letters is a peer-reviewed journal. Please note that each article should be accompanied by a brief biographical note. Articles should be typed double spaced, with references in the MLA style and any substantial footnotes at the bottom of each page (a more detailed style sheet will be provided on acceptance). Manuscript length should be between 4000 and 6000 words. Eventual submissions should be made via email with a MS Word attachment of the document. Please note also that articles should have a broad ecocritical flavour and be informed, to some degree, by ecological

To have a submission considered please send an abstract (approximately 500 words) to [email protected]. The abstract should be sent as an anonymous attachment in Word document format along with a covering email giving your name, address and institutional affiliation. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 26 March. A decision as to which articles will be commissioned will be made by the end of April and the deadline for first draft submissions will be Friday 1 October 2010.

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