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Ecologies of Gender
Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn

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March 3, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
140 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Ecologies of Gender: Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn examines the role of gender in recent debates about the nonhuman turn in the humanities, and critically explores the implications for a contemporary theory of gender and nature relations.

The interdisciplinary contributions in this volume each provide theoretical reflections based on an analysis of specific naturecultural processes. They reveal how "ecologies of gender" are constructed through aesthetic, epistemological, political, technological and economic practices that shape multispecies and material interrelations as well as spatial and temporal orderings. The volume includes contributions from cultural anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, literary studies, media studies, philosophy, and theatre studies. The essays are organized around four key dimensions of an "ecological" understanding of gender as described above: "creatures", "materials", "spaces" and "temporalities".

The overall aim of the volume Ecologies of Gender: Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn is to explore the potentialities and limitations of the nonhuman turn for a critical analysis and theory of ecologies of gender, and thereby make an original contribution to both the environmental humanities and gender studies.

This book will be of great interest to scholars and students from the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities and environmental studies more broadly, as well as from gender studies and cultural theory.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

0. Susanne Lettow, Sabine Nessel

Introduction: Ecologies of Gender and the Nonhuman Turn

Part 1 Living Beings: The Biopolitics of Making of Kin

1. Catriona Sandilands

Mulberry Intimacies and the Sweetness of Kinship

2. Natania Meeker

The Vegetal Subjects of Feminist Speculative Fiction

3. Swarnalatha Rangarajan

The Arboreal Feminine: An Analysis of Affect and Activism in Two Ecofeminist Re-Enchantment Narratives from India

Part 2: Materials: Agency in/of Transcorporeal Assemblages

4. Nicole Seymour

Plastic Ambivalence

5. Kathrin Peters

Political Drugs: Materiality in Testo Junkie

6. Ramona Mosse Staging the Unthinkable in Theatres of the Anthropocene

Part 3: Spaces: Landscapes and Architectures of Power and Imagination

7. Sabine Nessel

Gender, Nature, Nonhuman Animal: Bird People (2014) and the Proliferation of Difference in Cinema

8. Andrea Seier

"Wildlife lives among us." Post-Natural Worlds and Interspecies Encounters in Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild

9. Angelica Fenner

Creating Emotion with Space in Nanouk Leopold’s Brownian Movement

10. Sangita Patil, N S Gundur

An Ecohumanist Perspective: Theorizing Ecofeminism through a Spatial Analysis of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide

Part 4: Temporalities: Histories, Presents and Futures to Change

11. Susanne Lettow

The Figure of the Human in the "White (M)anthropocene". Philosophical Narratives on Sex, Race and Organic Kinship from 1800 to the Nonhuman Turn

12. Sven Bergmann

Speculative Ecologies: Salmon Farming and Marine Microplastics as Slow Disasters

13. Antónia Szabari

Futures of Plant-Human Mutualism. Science, Technology and Speculative Fiction


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Susanne Lettow is a Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies and Institute of Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Sabine Nessel is a Professor in the Institute of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany