This book applies ecofeminist ethics to the realm of aesthetics, offering instances of how alternative configurations of the self, of nature and of non-human animals can go hand in hand with different and viable experiences and visions of environmental welfare.
Preceded by an insightful introduction on the history of ecofeminism and of ecofeminist literary criticism, the chapters included in the volume illustrate the continuing theoretical influence of seminal ecofeminists such as Carolyn Merchant, Rosemary Ruether, Karen Warren, Val Plumwood, as well as an awareness of more recent trends in ecofeminist formulations such as those proposed by Greta Gaard, Serenella Iovino, or Vernon Gras. The book also includes instances of contemporary nature writing such as the text by Irish poet Grace Wells, as well as case studies of the application of ecofeminist tenets in contemporary poetry and fiction written by both men and women. As the contributors demonstrate, contemporary writers are currently deploying a sound interest in the envisioning of alternative visions of healthy and ethical relationships between the human self and the natural environment.
This book will be of interest to those researching the use of language for posthumanist ethics, the deconstruction of gender dichotomies and the ethics of care and environmental justice, as well as to those studying the wider field of ecofeminist literature. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction – The Ethics and Aesthetics of Eco-caring: Contemporary Debates on Ecofeminism(s)
Margarita Estévez-Saá and María Jesús Lorenzo-Modia
1. Culture and Nature: The Roots of Ecopoetics
2. Inside the Whale: Configurations of An-other Female Subjectivity
3. Isms and Prisms: A Mormon View on Writing about Nature and Women
4. Susan Howe’s Historical Ethics of Space and Puritan Spirituality: An Ecofeminist Reading of Souls of the Labadie Tract
Leticia Pérez Alonso
5. Caring for People, Caring for Nature: A Deconstructive Ecofeminist Reading of Sylvia Wantanabe’s Fiction
6. Ecofeminism and Science Fiction: Human-Alien Literary Intersections
Irene Sanz Alonso
7. Ecofeminist Replicants and Aliens: Future Elysiums through an Ethics of Care
Carmen Flys Junquera
Margarita Estévez-Saá is Professor of English and American Literature at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She is the author of A Pilgrimage from Belfast to Santiago de Compostela: The Anatomy of Bernard MacLaverty’s Triumph over Frontiers (with Anne MacCarthy, 2002), and the editor of the Papers on Joyce journal. She has published essays on modernist literature, contemporary Irish literature, and feminist criticism.
María Jesús Lorenzo-Modia is Full Professor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Philology at Universidade da Coruña, Spain. Her work on women’s learning in the sixteenth century was published in The Invention of Female Biography (2017, ed. Gina Walker).