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Issue 8 - Environments



Kristin J. Jacobson grew up in rural Wisconsin and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI (B.A.) and the University of Colorado-Boulder (M.A.). After completing her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, she joined Stockton University’s faculty. Currently, Jacobson is a professor of American literature. She teaches courses in American literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Incorporating feminist geography and literary analysis, her book Neodomestic American Fiction (Ohio State University Press, 2010) investigates late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century manifestations of domestic fiction. She has also published articles edited collections as well as in Genre, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Legacy, and C21. She is the lead editor of the essay collection, Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women’s Literature: Thresholds in Women’s Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Her current book project defines and examines a new genre of travel and environmental literature: the American adrenaline narrative.


My name is Katherine Edwards and I am a graduate of the English Language and Literature Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Passionate about creative writing, reading and editing, I juggle writing spoken-word poetry, being an editor in the writing club “The Pen Project,” and being a freelance English teacher. An aspiring author/editor and an amateur spoken-word poet, my prose merges with performative poetry. I have previously published poetry on the topic of love. This creative endeavour, however, undertakes Greek reality and the alienation of the individual with the self and with nature.


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I am Maria Kalaitzi, senior student in the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. An avid literature reader and an equally enthusiastic music listener, I am currently learning how to play the piano, guitar, and harmonica, experimenting with a variety of genres. Ι’ve been busking (street performing) for some time now and what I’ve realized is that music has, indeed, the ability to convey powerful messages. Other hobbies of mine include gardening and hiking.


My name is Pavlos Synodis, and I am a third-year undergraduate student in School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. When I was younger I used to write stories extensively and aspire to be a novelist. Then, I discovered that I like linguistics better. Nevertheless, I still compose short stories and scripts when literature professors ask students to work on creative projects.


My name is Dasoula Eleni, and I am in my third year of studies in the School of English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I have always been fascinated by literature, but my interest usually concentrates on how literary pieces can be approached and, if possible, realized in our daily lives. Therefore, I like to witness how social, environmental, or cultural issues are transformed into works of art and how they are appreciated and interpreted by every reader individually. This reflection paper summarizes my class service-learning project, specifically how basic environmental ethics stemming from classic American environmental literature were experienced by the young students of a primary school.


My name is Maria Pentaftiki, and I’m a third-year undergraduate student in the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Being a multidimensional personality with a strong belief in the unlimited power of human potentials, I have always aspired to comprehend the essence of human nature found in the grandeur of humanity. Soon I came to the realization that only volunteering could eventually unveil the true colors of the human soul. In one of these volunteering programs I participated, I was given the opportunity to appreciate the close relationship between humans and the natural environment, experiencing myself the environmental ideals inspired by my personal concerns and my academic studies.


My name is Leah Hentschel. I am an undergraduate student of German Studies, Education, and European Ethnology currently doing my second semester abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece. Writing was always a way for me to put my thoughts into a logical order to understand, well, everything, and the hope is that my texts also have this effect on my readers. Usually I write about human relationships and everything in between—the ambivalences, the contradictions. But living in Greece, I found myself seriously writing about nature for the first time, yet somehow in a similar way: I am fascinated by all its facets, also facets that lie beneath its pure beauty.


My name is Triantafyllia Fokianou and I am an undergraduate student in the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I have a passion for drawing and after I graduate I would like to be an English language teacher. Combining my hobby with my profession would be something ideal for me. I am very glad that I had a chance to express my thoughts about literature through drawing. My artwork “In wildness is the salvation of the world” (Thoreau) connects with three course texts in order to show aspects of environmentalism.