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MemberElena Margarita Past

Elena Past is Professor of Italian in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has published articles on the toxic waste crisis in Naples, Mediterranean cinema and ecocinema, and Italian crime fiction and film. She is the author of Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection and Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction (2012) and with Deborah Amberson, she co-edited Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (2014) and a special section of the journal Ecozon@ on Animal Humanities. She co-edited Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti. Her most recent monograph is Italian Ecocinema Beyond the Human (2019).

MemberSophie Christman

“Foreword.” The Ecophobia Hypothesis by Simon C. Estok, Routledge Studies in World Literature and the Environment, 2018.

“The Climate of Ecocinema” (co-authored with E. Ann Kaplan), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication, August 2017. http://communication.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.001.0001/acrefore- 97801902…

Sophie Christman Lavin recently earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York. Her research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth-century environmental literary criticism, ecocinema studies, and political and cultural ecologies. Her dissertation, “The Sustainable Victorians?” analyzes novels, poems, and prose to argue that a type of proto-sustainability emerged in the locus of the Victorian Anthropocene. Recent teaching experience includes: Introduction to Fiction, Nature in the Nineteenth Century, Ecopoetics, and The Modern Victorian Environment. Sophie has volunteered as an editor at the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also an Open SUNY fellow in the Center for Excellence in Online Teaching. Sophie’s recent research presentations include the keynote at Friends of Dickens NY, a session at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s 2016 online carbon-free conference The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures and the twenty-second annual Dickens Society Symposium. In 2017, Sophie was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies second place student essay award. During the 2018/19 academic year, she will continue to be in research residence at the Wertheim Study Room of the New York Public Library Her scholarship has been published in Adaptation,  The Journal of Ecocriticism, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Sophie’s co-authored article “The Climate of Ecocinema,” appears in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Her most recent publication is the “Foreword” for the Routledge text The Ecophobia Hypothesis.