Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View

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Since Silent Spring was published in 1962, the number of texts about the natural world written by women has grown exponentially. The essays in Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View argue that women writing in the 20th century are utilizing the historical connection of women and the natural world in diverse ways. For centuries women have been associated with nature but many feminists have sought to distance themselves from the natural world because of dominant cultural representations which reflect women as controlled by powerful natural forces and confined to domestic spaces. However, in the spirit of Rachel Carson, some writers have begun to invoke nature for feminist purposes or have used nature as an agent of resistance. This collection considers women's writings about the natural world in light of recent and current feminist and ecofeminist theory and finds a variety of approaches and perspectives, both by the scholars and by the authors discussed, culminating with the voices of two women, activist and scientist Joan Maloof and Irish poet Rosemarie Rowley, who both write about the natural world from a feminist perspective.

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The editor provides a cogent explanation of the basic premises of ecofeminism and a brief history of nature writing by North American women....Recommended.
The editor provides a cogent explanation of the basic premises of ecofeminism and a brief history of nature writing by North American women....Recommended.
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Barbara J. Cook is assistant professor of English and Women's Studies at Mount Aloysius College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction: Nature Writing From the Feminine Chapter 2 2. Modernist Women, Snake Stories, and the Indigenous Southwest: An Ecofeminist Politics of Creation and Affirmation Chapter 3 3. Littoral Women Writing From the Margins Chapter 4 4. Multifaceted Dialogues: Toward an Environmental Ethic of Care Chapter 5 5. Wild Women: Literary Explorations of American Landscapes Chapter 6 6. Louise Gluck, Feminism and Nature in Firstborn's "The Egg" Chapter 7 7. Ecofeminism, Motherhood, and the Post-Apocalyptic Utopia inParable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, and Into the Forest Chapter 8 8. Natural Resistance: Margaret Atwood as Eco-Feminist or Apocalyptic Visionary Chapter 9 9. Touching the Earth: Gloria AnzaldĂșa and the Tenets of Ecofeminism Part 10 Voices From the Field Chapter 11 10. Teaching the Trees: How to be a Female Nature Writer Chapter 12 11. Confessions of an Eco-Feminist

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