Guest Editor Introduction

  • Franca Bellarsi Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


Guest Editor Introduction: "Ecospirit: Religion and the Environment"


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Author Biography

Franca Bellarsi, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Franca Bellarsi lectures in English and American Literature at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). As a Beat Generation specialist, she has especially published on the mysticism and Western Buddhism of the Beats, and is currently working on ecocritical readings of Kerouac and Ginsberg. As an ecocritic interested in ecopoetics and ecospirituality, she convened the first ecocritical/ecopoetic conference in Belgium, which was held in Brussels in May 2008.  In the wake of this conference, she guest-edited two special issues, the first one with the Journal of Comparative American Studies (CAS) (Vol. 7, no. 2, June 2009), the second one online with JoE, The Journal of Ecocriticism (Vol. 1, no. 2, July 2009).  As editor, she is also putting the final touches to a collective volume forthcoming for P.I.E.-Peter Lang, "Poetic Ecologies: Nature as Text and Text as Nature in English-Language Verse" (2012).

Ecospirit: Religion and the Environment