Women and Nature? Beyond Dualism in Gender, Body, and Environment provides a historical context for understanding the contested relationships between women and nature, and it articulates strategies for moving beyond the dualistic theories and practices that often frame those relationships.
In 1974, Françoise d’Eaubonne coined the term "ecofeminism" to raise awareness about interconnections between women’s oppression and nature’s domination in an attempt to liberate women and nature from subordination. Since then, ecofeminism has attracted scholars and activists from various disciplines and positions to assess the relationship between the cultural human and the natural non-human through gender reconsiderations. The contributors to this volume present critical and constructive perspectives on ecofeminism throughout its history, from the beginnings of ecofeminism in the 1970s through to contemporary and emerging developments in the field, drawing on animal studies, postcolonialism, film studies, transgender studies, and political ecology.
This interdisciplinary and international collection of essays demonstrates the ongoing relevance of ecofeminism as a way of understanding and responding to the complex interactions between genders, bodies, and the natural environment. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecofeminism as well as those involved in environmental studies and gender studies more broadly.
"This innovative and engaging anthology on women and nature reveals the ongoing relevance of ecofeminism in today’s global world by emphasizing postcolonialism, ecocriticism, queer ecology, animality, and feminist materialism. Anyone interested in the nuances and complexities of the women-nature connection across histories, belief-systems, and regions will want to buy this book." — Carolyn Merchant of the University of California at Berkeley has written on the connections between ecofeminism and feminist theory and is the author of Earthcare: Women and the Environment, among other books.
"The myriad ways that Earthly bodies – both human and nonhuman – continue to be bound by structures of patriarchy and domination requires sustained analysis. This transnational, transdisciplinary volume brings the lens of ecofeminism to bear on timely topics, including transgender studies, animal studies, and the new materialism." — Elizabeth Allison is the Program Chair of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
"This fresh and exciting collection identifies privileges and invisibilities overlooked in earlier ecofeminist thinking. Authors call for ethical self-reflexivity and deep questioning of heteronormative assumptions reflecting a wide range of interdisciplinary, postcolonial, and cross-cultural perspectives. From ecosickness narratives to borderlands ecofeminism, this set of papers provides a rich and timely offering by deeply thoughtful scholars across the globe." — Stephanie Kaza, Professor Emerita, University of Vermont
Notes on Contributors
Part I: Overview
Karen Ya-Chu Yang
1. Françoise d’Eaubonne and Ecofeminism: Rediscovering the Link between Women and Nature
Part II: Rethinking Animality
2. A Retreat on the "River Bank": Perpetuating Patriarchal Myths in Animal Stories
3. Visual Patriarchy: PETA Advertising and the Commodification of Sexualized Bodies
4. Ethical Transfeminism: Transgender Individuals’ Narratives as Contributions to Ethics of Vegetarian Ecofeminisms
Part III: Constructing Connections
5. The Women-Nature Connection as a Key Element in the Social Construction of Western Contemporary Motherhood
6. The Relationship of Women’s Body Image and Experience in Nature
Denise Mitten and Chiara D’Amore
7. Writing Women into Back-to-the-Land: Feminism, Appropriation, and Identity in the 1970s Feminist Magazine Country Women
Valerie Padilla Carroll
Part IV: Mediating Practices
8. Bilha Givon as Sartre’s "Third Party" in Environmental Dialogues
9. "Yo soy mujer" ¿yo soy ecologista? Feminist and Ecological Consciousness at the Women’s Intercultural Center
10. The Politics of Land, Water, and Toxins: Reading the Life-narratives of Three Women Oikos-carers from Kerala
R. Sreejith Varma and Swarnalatha Rangarajan
11. Ecofeminism and the Telegenics of Celebrity in Documentary Film: The Case of Aradhana Seth’s Dam/Age (2003) and the Narmada Bachao Andolan
Izabel F. O. Brandão
The Routledge Environmental Humanities series is an original and inspiring venture recognising that today’s world agricultural and water crises, ocean pollution and resource depletion, global warming from greenhouse gases, urban sprawl, overpopulation, food insecurity and environmental justice are all crises of culture.
The reality of understanding and finding adaptive solutions to our present and future environmental challenges has shifted the epicenter of environmental studies away from an exclusively scientific and technological framework to one that depends on the human-focused disciplines and ideas of the humanities and allied social sciences.
We thus welcome book proposals from all humanities and social sciences disciplines for an inclusive and interdisciplinary series. We favour manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. The readership comprises scholars and students from the humanities and social sciences and thoughtful readers concerned about the human dimensions of environmental change.
Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk) to submit proposals
Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):
A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.
Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters
Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.
Dr Paul Warde, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK.
Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□ Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Iain McCalman, University of Sydney, Australia, Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia, Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia
International Advisory Board
William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Paul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales, Australia, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK