Medieval Ecocriticisms

introduction to the journal

Decorative image: a black and white photograph of a flooded river with bare tree branches sticking out of the water.In recent years, medieval studies has seen a flourishing of new ecocritical and environmental inquiries to literature, art, and culture. These new approaches, drawing upon the material, spatial, and post-human turns in humanities research, have directed scholarly attention to representations and histories of the non-human, and to the inarguable necessity of studying both human/human and human/non-human interactions in texts and cultures. "Medieval Ecocriticisms" (e-ISSN: 2769-7363) is the first regular venue dedicated to medieval ecocritical studies, and seeks out the most current and innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature and the environment in the global Middle Ages.

The journal is dedicated to publishing yearly journal issues, sometimes thematic, covering a wide and inclusive spectrum of approaches and methods in interdisciplinary ecocritical studies, including: ecofeminism and new ecocritical analyses of under-represented literatures; queer ecologies; posthumanism; waste studies; landscape studies; maritime studies and blue humanities; studies of environmental catastrophe and change and their effects on pre-modern cultures; as well as more traditional approaches that, nonetheless, are concerned with the ecological and environmental in some way. The board is open to submissions in literary and cultural studies, philosophy, environmental history, art history, environmental archaeology, zooarchaeology, and beyond.

Keywords: Ecocriticism, ecology, environmental studies, environmental history, critical animal studies, ecofeminism, postcolonial ecocriticism, nature, non-human

Geographical Scope: Global

Chronological Scope: Early and late medieval

editors

  • Heide Estes, Monmouth University
  • Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar, Michigan State University
  • Michael J. Warren, Birkbeck College, London

editorial board

  • Michael Bintley, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Richard Jones, University of Leicester
  • Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds
  • Gillian Rudd, University of Liverpool

Current Issue: Volume 1 (2021)

Cover image of Medieval Ecocriticisms, Volume 1 (2021): Special Issue: Weather: A black and white image of trees sticking up through a flooded plain.

Medieval Weathers: An Introduction, by Michael J. Warren

Weather and the Creation of the Human in the Exeter Book Riddles, by Heide Estes

Washed-Up Whales and Wintry Weather in the Sagas of Icelanders, by William Brockbank

Candle in the Wind: Weather and the Alfredian Candle Clock, by Neville Mogford

Showered with Praise: Weatherscapes in Late Tenth-century Skaldic Verse, by Hannah Burrows

Seasons and Senses: Morbid Sensations and Unseasonal Weather in Old English Medicine, by Irene Tenchini

“Tempest Thee Noght”: Meteorologically Inflected Observations on Chaucer, Dunbar and Henryson, by Gillian Rudd

 

Submissions

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in "Medieval Ecocriticisms" provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Please see further policies on submissions and submit your entire and completed work at the journal's ScholarWorks page.

For more information or with questions, please contact MIP's Editor-in-Chief, Theresa Whitaker.

PRICING and subscriptions

"Medieval Ecocriticisms" is published annually in a digital format. Journal subscriptions and orders of individual issues, which can also be printed on demand, are handled by our distributor, ISD. Subscription pricing is as follows:

  • Student/retiree/independent scholar subscriptions are $20.
  • Individual subscriptions are $35.
  • Institution or library subscriptions are $80.
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