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The Introduction of the Special Issue

Until recently the link between language/literature and the physical ecosystem had been spoken about only in muted tones. Today, with the planet heating up at an increasingly alarming rate, there is a renewed urgency in climate advocacy. Literature is not aloof from this very urgent and vocal campaign to address or attempt to restore the planet to its pristine ecological condition; at least, stymie the rate of attrition of its natural resources and restore some of its losses. More so, linguists have been equally attentive to this contemporary temperament of the age, studying and exploring the linguistic tools (language) with which writers have been able to fictionally or non-fictionally confront this same issue. In other words, from both the literary and language perspectives, writers have more than ever intensified their interest in eco-poetics, a subset of writings that advocates on behalf of the planet. This special edition of the journal shall be mainly, though not entirely limited, to writings in this intellectual aspect, in order to draw attention to the clear and present danger posed to the planet by the unrestrained and indiscriminate use of its resources without any concomitant attempt at remediation or restoration.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

· Language/Literature and the Environment

· Poetry and the Ecosystem

· Ideology and the language of ecological politics

· Literature/Language and the Planet

· Ecology and Literary Theory

· Drama and the Fierce Urgency of Ecological Remediation

· Language as a persuasive tool in the politics of ecosystem


The Article Title of the Special Issue

1: Poetry and Lamentation: A Close Reading of Selected Poems Bemoaning the Plight of the Earth

2: Feeling the Heat: A Linguistic Study of Literary Representations in the 21st Century Novel

3: Global Warming or Global Warning: What has Language Got to do with it?

4: Theatre/Dramatization of the Danger of Ecosystem

5: Literary Theory and Ecology: Seeing a Link Where None Exists

6: From Milton to His Latest Progeny: The Endless Story of the Loss of Paradise

7: Saving the Planet, One Tree at a Time: Language/Literature and the Reversal of Deforestation

8: English Language and its Persuasive Power in the Politics of Environmentalism


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Insight - Linguistics submission system:


Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: October 12 ,2019


The Lead Guest Editor

Psalms Chinaka