Racialized Ecology: Melville's Chola Widow, Tortoises, and Dogs on the Galapagos Islands

Juliana Chow

Saint Louis University

Juliana Chow is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Her teaching and research on nineteenth-century American literature has constellated around topics of ecocriticism and science studies such as natural history, regionalism, vitalism, labor, and ecology.  Her most recent publication is an essay called “Partial Readings: Thoreau’s Studies as Natural History’s Casualties” in the collection Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times.


Archipelagic crosscurrents in Melville’s “The Encantadas” (1854), from tortoise-hunting to imperialist colonization to outright enslavement, rape, and plunder, animate the circulation of resources and people around the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Juliana Chow (Saint Louis University)

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Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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