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Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Theory, Interpretation and Pedagogy

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Ecofeminist Literary Criticism is the first collection of its kind: a diverse anthology that explores both how ecofeminism can enrich literary criticism and how literary criticism can contribute to ecofeminist theory and activism.

Ecofeminism is a practical movement for social change that discerns interconnections among all forms of oppression: the exploitation of nature, the oppression of women, class exploitation, racism, colonialism. Against binary divisions such as ...

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Overview

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism is the first collection of its kind: a diverse anthology that explores both how ecofeminism can enrich literary criticism and how literary criticism can contribute to ecofeminist theory and activism.

Ecofeminism is a practical movement for social change that discerns interconnections among all forms of oppression: the exploitation of nature, the oppression of women, class exploitation, racism, colonialism. Against binary divisions such as self/other, culture/nature, man/woman, humans/animals, and white/non-white, ecofeminist theory asserts that human identity is shaped by more fluid relationships and by an acknowledgment of both connection and difference.

Once considered the province of philosophy and women's studies, ecofeminism in recent years has been incorporated into a broader spectrum of academic discourse. Ecofeminist Literary Criticism assembles some of the most insightful advocates of this perspective to illuminate ecofeminism as a valuable component of literary criticism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Root of Ecofeminism: Ecofeminisme 15
2 "The Women Are Speaking": Contemporary Literature as Theoretical Critique 23
3 Toward an Ecofeminist Standpoint Theory: Bodies as Grounds 49
4 Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Reading the Orange 74
5 "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight": A Call for Boundary-Crossing in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism 97
6 "Skin Dreaming": The Bodily Transgressions of Fielding Burke, Octavia Butler, and Linda Hogan 123
7 Ecocritical Chicana Literature: Ana Castillo's "Virtual Realism" 139
8 Rethinking Dichotomies in Terry Tempest Williams's Refuge 158
9 In Search of Common Ground: An Ecofeminist Inquiry into Christa Wolf's Work 172
10 Grass-Roots Ecofeminism: Activating Utopia 186
11 Deep Response: An Ecofeminist, Dialogical Approach to Introductory Literature Classrooms 204
12 Hiking without a Map: Reflections on Teaching Ecofeminist Literary Criticism 224
Contributors 249
Index 253
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