Ecocriticism and American Disability Life Writings 

Edited Collection (Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm in American Literature)

I am seeking manuscripts to complete an edited collection, Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm: Disability and the Environment in American Literature, which is focused on the intersection between disability studies and ecological criticism. The collection is currently under contract with Lexington Press, and I am looking to add a chapter or two that explores the collection’s theme with a particular focus on the intersection between American disability culture (especially literary expressions) and the environmental imagination.

As a whole, the collection investigates the role that literary ecology plays in upholding what might be called the ecosomatic paradigm. As a theoretical framework, the ecosomatic paradigm underscores the dynamic and inter-relational process wherein human mind-bodies interface with the places, both built and wild, they inhabit. That is, the ecosomatic paradigm proceeds from the eco-phenomenological assumption that nature and culture interact in an ongoing, dialectical relationship that has implications for both the human subject and the natural world. Because eco-literature—the stories we tell to give shape to the world and our place in it—has the potential to shape the contours of our interaction with and state-of-being in the natural world, it is profoundly implicated in the fostering or negating of the ecosomatic paradigm. By drawing on points of confluence between disability studies and ecological criticism, the essays in this collection challenge normative (even ableist) constructions of the body-environment dyad by complicating and expanding our understanding of this relationship.

With this framework as a backdrop, Toward an Ecosomatic Paradigm seeks complete manuscripts that investigate the interplay between disability and the natural environment as it unfolds within literary dimensions of disability culture. Topics might include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
• The overlap between disability and the environment in American life writings by people with disabilities.
• The correlation between American disability culture and environmental justice.
• Eco-critical approaches to American disability narratives.
• Disability and regional identity or disability and place in American disability narratives
• American disability life narratives as nature writing

This book is already under contract and is near complete, so the turnaround time to publication will be relatively quick. Please send a complete manuscript, a brief biographical note outlining your credentials (250 words), and a copy of you CV to Matthew Cella at by December 15th. A decision about publication will be made shortly after the deadline. Finished manuscripts should be in the 4000-8000 word range. Please send any queries to the email listed above.