The State of Ecocriticism in Europe: Panel Discussion


  • Carmen Flys Junquera Universidad de Alcala, Spain



European ecocriticism, third wave, nature writing


The following pages are a digest of the opinions and ideas expressed in a panel discussion held at the conference "New Grounds: Ecocriticism, Globalization and Cultural Memory” at Radboud University, Nijmegen, in January 2010.


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Author Biography

Carmen Flys Junquera, Universidad de Alcala, Spain

Carmen Flys-Junquera is an Associate Professor of American Literature in the Dept. of Modern Philology and a member of the Franklin Research Institute for North American Studies, both at the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). She has co-edited the books El Poder Hispano (1994), El Nuevo Horizonte: España/Estados Unidos (2001), Family Reflections: Representing the Contemporary American Family in the Arts (2007), Cultural Landscapes: Heritage and Conservation (2010) and Ecocríticas (2010). She co-directed the Popular Culture Workshop and 4th Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display (2000) and the 8th International Conference on the Short Story in English "Crossing Boundaries" (2004) as well as co-editing the thematic issue on ecocriticism of the journal Nerter no. 15 (2010). In 2008 she directed the 3rd EASLCE Conference "Cultural Landscapes: Heritage and Conservation." At the EASLCE assembly in 2008 she was elected as Vice-President of the Association. She also coordinates the only registered research group in ecocriticism in Spain: GIECO. Her most recent project is the launching of Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment. Most of her published articles deal with contemporary American ethnic literature, particularly Latino, African American and Native American, ecocriticism, sense of place, border issues, mestizaje, and the subversion of the dominant cultural ethos in popular genres. Her current projects are the publication of a monograph on ethnic detective fiction, continuing research in ethnic hybridizations of genre, form and identity and, most particularly, research in ecofeminism, environmental justice and sense of place.






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