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Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Scott Slovic

Scott Slovic

Office: Brink Hall 129
Email: slovic@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
Professor of Literature and Environment

Home Town: Eugene, Oregon
With UI Since 2012

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Ecocriticism
    • American and international environmental literature
    • Western American literature
    • Literary nonfiction
    • Environmental writing
    • Native American literature
    • Sustainability studies
    • Autobiography
    • Professional publishing and editing
  • Biography
    Scott Slovic moved to the University of Idaho in July 2012 after teaching for seventeen years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped to create the prominent graduate program in literature and environment and develop the Academy for the Environment and the undergraduate environmental studies program. He has published more than 200 articles, interviews, and reviews and is the author, editor, or co-editor of seventeen books, including most recently Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility (2008), Nature and the Environment for EBSCO/Salem Press's Critical Insights Series (2012), and, with Lorraine Anderson and John P. O'Grady, a second edition of the textbook Literature and the Environment (2012).

    Scott served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) from 1992 to 1995, and since 1995 has edited the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He currently serves on the editorial boards of nine scholarly journals in the United States and abroad, and in recent years he has been a Fulbright National Screening Committee member for the Institute of International Education (IIE) and a panelist in American Studies and American Literature for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany (University of Bonn, 1986-87), Japan (University of Tokyo, Sophia University, and Rikkyo University, 1993-94), and China (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2006) and has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world, including the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in August 2012. Although he spends much of his time lecturing on ecocriticism and environmental literature in far-flung places, he is, having grown up in Oregon, happy to be back in the Northwest again, where he is learning to run through wheat fields in the Palouse rather than the pine forests of the Sierra Nevada.
  • Selected Publications
    Recent books:

    Editor, Nature and the Environment. Critical Insights Series. Ipswich, MA: EBSCO/Salem Press, 2012.

    Co-editor (with Lorraine Anderson and John P. O'Grady), Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012. (First edition 1999.)

    Co-editor (with Serpil Oppermann, Ufuk Özdag, and Nevin Özkan), The Future of Ecocriticism: New Horizons. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.

    Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility. Reno: U of Nevada P, 2008. (Chinese translation by Wei Qingqi published by Peking UP in 2010.)

    Recent articles:

    "Marks of Ambivalence: Thoughts on Perception and Inscription": in Miranda (Toulouse, France). Special issue on Marking the Land in North America. (Summer 2012). http://www.miranda-ejournal.eu/1/miranda/article.xsp?numero=6&id_article=Article_08-733.

    "An Abiding Sense of Relationship": in ELN: English Language Notes 50.1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 243-48. Special issue on "The Shape of the I," guest-edited by Julie Carr and John-Michael Rivera.

    Invited commentary: in ALH: American Literary History 24.1 (February 2012): 180-88. Special issue on sustainability.

    "Literary Istanbul and the Notion of Place in Contemporary Ecocriticism": in Istanbul in Turkish and World Culture. Ankara, Turkey: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, 2011. 589-603.

    "'What is a horizon without mountains?': Robert Laxalt's Sweet Promised Land and the Allure of Mountainous Places": in Mountains Figured and Disfigured in English and American Literature. Ed. Françoise Besson. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. 235-42.
  • Awards and Honors

    Awards, Honors, and Appointments:

    Thornton Peace Prize, University of Nevada, Reno, May 2012
    Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Orion magazine, 2010-present
    Chair, Selection Committee, Inaugural Orion Book Award, 2007
    Regents' Award for Graduate Academic Advising, Nevada State System of Higher Education, May 2006
    Nevada Humanities Award (for distinguished scholarship in literature and environment), November 2004

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