Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, And Literature by Douglas A. VakochFeminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, And Literature by Douglas A. Vakoch

Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, And Literature

EditorDouglas A. VakochContribution byVicky L. Adams, Marnie M. Sullivan

Paperback | April 23, 2014

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Feminist Ecocriticism examines the interplay of women and nature as seen through literary theory and criticism, drawing on insights from such diverse fields as chaos theory and psychoanalysis, while examining genres ranging from nineteenth-century sentimental literature to contemporary science fiction. The book explores the central claim of ecofeminism-that there is a connection between environmental degradation and the subordination of women-with the goal of identifying and fostering liberatory alternatives. Feminist Ecocriticism analyzes the work of such diverse women writers as Rachel Carson, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Mary Shelley. By including chapters from a comparable number of women and men, this book dispels the notion that ecofeminism is relevant to and used by only female scholars.After uncovering the oppressive dichotomies of male/female and nature/culture that underlie contemporary environmental problems, Feminist Ecocriticism focuses specifically on emancipatory strategies employed by ecofeminist literary critics as antidotes, asking what our lives might be like as those strategies become increasingly successful in overcoming oppression. Thus, ecofeminism is not limited to the critique of literature, but also helps identify and articulate liberatory ideals that can be actualized in the real world, in the process transforming everyday life. Providing an alternative to rugged individualism, for example, ecofeminist literature promotes a more fulfilling sense of interrelationship with both community and the land. In the process of exploring literature from ecofeminist perspectives, the book reveals strategies of emancipation that have already begun to give rise to more hopeful ecological narratives. Feminist Ecocriticism provides a novel integration of two important strands of contemporary literary criticism that have often failed to make contact: feminist criticism and ecocriticism. The openness of both feminist criticism and ecocriticism to multiple, even incompatible perspectives, without the insistence on unitary definitions of their fields, has given rise to a new hybrid discipline: feminist ecocriticism.
Douglas A. Vakoch is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute. Vakoch is the general editor for Lexington Books' Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, as well as for Berghahn Books' Ecofeminist Theory and Practice se...
Title:Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, And LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.03 × 6.06 × 0.49 inPublished:April 23, 2014Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739193007

ISBN - 13:9780739193006


Table of Contents

Introduction. A Different StoryDouglas A. VakochChapter 1.  Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation in the Science Fiction of Sally Miller Gearhart, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joan SlonczewskiEric C. OttoChapter 2. Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams: Ecofeminist Subversion of Western Myth Theda WredeChapter 3.  Reintegrating Human and Nature: Modern Sentimental Ecology in Rachel Carson and Barbara Kingsolver Richard M. MageeChapter 4. Shifting Subjects and Marginal Worlds: Revealing the Radical in Rachel Carson's Three Sea Books Marnie M. SullivanChapter 5. Decadent Desire: The Dream of Disembodiment in J.K. Huysmans' A Rebours Monique M. LaRocqueChapter 6. "Discourse Excellent Music": Romantic Rhetoric and Ecofeminism in Mary Shelley's The Last ManVicky L. AdamsAfterword. Ecofeminism: The Ironic PhilosophyJeffrey A. Lockwood

Editorial Reviews

In summary this book discusses the different environmental and feminist theories. Feminist and environmental theories have shaped the perspectives of how the current generation understand feminism as well as environmental problems. . . .Ecofeminism seeks to identify the relationship between women and nature. This point is clearly highlighted in all the chapters of the book; women are viewed as nurturing and loving towards the environment while men are shown as being only concerned about dominating the environment and caring about their own well- being.