Who Is ALECC?
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is a work-in-progress, and we invite you to join us in setting up and sustaining an organization for the creation, appreciation, discussion, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge about the work of nature writers, environmental writers and journalists, eco-artists of all disciplines, ecocritics, and ecotheorists in Canada. Collectively we are interested in artistic, critical and cultural studies work on activism, animals, ecology, the environment, environmental justice, geography, land, landscape, mountain literature and culture, nature and nature writing, natural history writing, plants, region, regionalism, the rural, sense of place, transborder environmental issues, wilderness and wilder places, and much more. To date we operate a listserv (which you may freely join) and produce a biannual electronic publication called The Goose. Support in the form of a membership is always appreciated, and as a registered not-for-profit organization membership fees may now be claimed under “professional dues” on member’s Tax returns.
An online publication, The Goose features book reviews, as well as listings of new and upcoming publications of recent Canadian and International works about environment, place, nature writing and features regional essays and the works of Canadian poets and writers.
Our Past and Present.
In June 2005 approximately thirty Canadian members of Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) met for an informal and exhilarating roundtable at the ASLE Conference in Eugene, Oregon, to discuss the idea of forming a similar and affiliated organization. We decided then to raise the profile of nature writing, environmental literature and other arts, and ecocriticism in Canada. By doing so we hope to heighten awareness of, pique interest in and smooth the way for ecocritical projects at every level of Canadian institutions, and to create a perceived need for those who are currently doing graduate or creative work within the field thereby generating teaching, research and writer-in-residence positions. Furthermore we aim to encourage the development of courses in nature writing and environmental literature; to create a journal in the field and, edit special issues of existing journals devoted to the topic while drawing attention to the fabulous nature writing and environmental literature being done in Canada. To further these goals a second incarnation of the ALECC website was commissioned in Spring of 2009.
The timing and conditions seem right for taking the next steps–as a group and individually, formally and informally, through Roberts’ Rules and reckless daring–to increase the discussion about the relationship among the arts, the environment and cultures of Canada. We encourage you to subscribe to our listserv, browse our listserv archives (which are available to subscribers), support our continued work by becoming an ALECC Member, read and contribute to The Goose, and let us know about your own work in this important and provocative field.
ALECC is a Not-for-Profit organization, following the rules, regulations and guidelines set out in our constitution as developed in 2007.