Sunday, January 17, 2010

Alf Siewers "Ecocriticism" 1/29

Alf Siewers will deliver our first Gateway Lecture of the new year, "Ecocriticism," on Friday January 29th at 4 PM in the GW Marvin Center Amphitheatre (3rd Floor; 800 21st St. NW). Professor Siewers is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University and coordinator of the Nature and Human Communities Initiative at the Bucknell Environmental Center. He specializes in British archipelagic studies, ecocritical approaches to early literatures, and postmodern approaches to premodern views of nature. He is also co-editor of the collection Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages and of articles in Celtic and medieval journals and book collections. His newest forthcoming articles include two on the philosophy of John Scottus Eriguena in relation to the early Irish Otherworld. Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscapes (2009) was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. Selections from Strange Beauty may be accessed here.

Publications include:
  • "Landscapes of Conversion: Guthlac's Mound and Grendel's Mere as Expressions of Anglo-Saxon Nation-Building," reprinted inThe Postmodern Beowulf , ed. Joy and Ramsey, 2006. On landscape and empire. (Originally in Viator34 (2003):1-39.)
  • Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages, New Middle Ages series, 2005, edited with Jane Chance; also includes his "Tolkien's Cosmic-Christian Ecology" article on fantasy and landscape.
  • "Writing an Icon of the Land: The Mabinogi as a Mystagogy of Landscape." Peritia 19 (2005): 193-228 (Irish Medieval Academy). Iconography and layered textual landscape.
  • "The bluest-greyest-greenest eye: colours of martyrdom and colours of the winds as iconographic landscape." Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies50 (2005): 31-66. Landscape as a praxis of aescetic-aesthetics.
  • "Gildas and Glastonbury," in Via Crucis, Essays on Sources and Ideas in Memory of J.E. Cross, ed. Hall (2002). Landscape as mythic history.
More information about Professor Siewers may be found at his personal website and at Bucknell University.

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