Faculty member to present talk April 11
Dr. Matthew J.C. Cella, assistant professor of English at
Shippensburg University, will present “You Don't Have to Hike the Trails to
Care About the Forest: Disability Narratives and the Environment” at 3:30 p.m.
April 11 in Dauphin Humanities Center 051. The program is open to the public.
The talk examines how autobiographical narratives by
people with disabilities challenge normative (even ableist) constructions of
the body-environment relationship. The study of these disability narratives
provides an opportunity to develop a richer and more inclusive ecological
Cella has published articles and reviews in a variety of
journals, including Western American Literature, MELUS
and ISLE. His
book, Bad Land Pastoralism in Great Plains Fiction, was a finalist for the Great
Plains Distinguished Book Prize in 2011.