Eat Your Vegetables (Before They Eat You!): Good Plants / Bad Plants in Fiction and Culture (MLA 2013)

Human beings have always lived in a state of ecological, nutritional, and psychological dependence on plants, yet the attitudes toward plant life expressed in the imaginative literature of Western culture are ambivalent. In the nineteenth century, Emerson’s delight in “the suggestion of an occult relationship between man and vegetable” finds its dark echo in Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” in which the loveliness of the mad scientist’s ...

Sponsoring Organization(s) : 
MLA 2013
Event Name: 
MLA 2013
Event type: 
Event
Event date: 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 to Sunday, January 6, 2013
Event Location: 
Boston, MA
Abstract due date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Categories: 
American
Comparative
Interdisciplinary
British
Popular Culture
Transcendentalists
1865-1914
20th & 21st Century
Long 18th Century
Romantics
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