Jill Gatlin

New England Conservatory of Music

Jill Gatlin teaches literature and environmental studies courses at New England Conservatory. She is completing a manuscript titled Reading Toxicity: Hierarchical Hazard, Audience Disturbance, and Narrative Form in American Literature. Recently published articles include “Toxic Sublimity and the Crisis of Human Perception: Rethinking Aesthetic, Documentary, and Political Appeals in Contemporary Wasteland Photography” (ISLE), “Disturbing Aesthetics: Industrial Pollution, Moral Discourse, and Narrative Form in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills’” (Nineteenth-Century Literature), and “‘Los campos extraños de esta ciudad’/‘The strange fields of this city’: Urban Bioregionalist Identity and Environmental Justice in Lorna Dee Cervantes’s ‘Freeway 280’” (The Bioregional Imagination).


This paper proposes the keyword pollution as central to understanding C19 EH and its popular, activist, literary, and scholarly relevance to C21 EH and climate concerns. Literary, professional, and popular texts evidence that... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jill Gatlin (New England Conservatory of Music)

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C19 Environmental Humanities


S2 » Seminar 2: C19 Environmental Humanities (10:15 - Thursday, 22nd March, Boardroom East)

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