Literature, Nature, and Other: Ecofeminist Critiques

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SUNY Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 212 pages
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The book first establishes a theoretical framework for conceptualizing environmental analysis. It then develops a conception of environmental literature with an emphasis on works by women, arguing for the need to reconceptualize woman/nature and nature/culture associations, and critiquing the problems of male poetic sex-typing of the planet. Murphy also elaborates on specific works and authors, with an emphasis on literary texts by Hampl, Harjo, Snyder, and Le Guin. Additionally, he treats issues of canon and pedagogy, as well as the possibility of agency in a postmodern era.
Ranging across diverse fields and incorporating cultural studies, post-structuralist literary theory, and ecofeminist philosophy, Literature, Nature, and Other both defines and critiques the current terrains of literary ecocriticism and nature writing/environmental literature. Literary examples are drawn from fiction, poetry, and prose, including postmodern metanarratives and works by Native Americans and Chicanas.
 

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Contents

Prolegomenon for an Ecofeminist Dialogics
3
Ground Pivot Motion Ecofeminist Theory Dialogics and Literary Practice
19
Voicing Another Nature
31
Reconceiving the Relations of Woman and Nature Nature and Culture Contemporary Environmental Literature by Women
47
SexTyping the Planet Gaia Imagery and the Problem of Subverting Patriarchy
59
II
71
Somagrams in AnOther Tongue Patricia Hampls Resort
73
Ecology and Love The Spiderwebs of Joy Harjo
83
Let the Survivors of Contact Speak In the Canon and in the Classroom
125
Centering the Other Trickster Midwife Pedagogy
135
The Present is to Nature as the Past is to Culture as the Future is to Agency
143
Simply Uncontrollable Or Steaming Open the Envelope of Ideology
157
Afterword
163
Dialectics or Dialogics Method and Message in the Classroom
167
Notes
177
Bibliography
187

A Mountain Always Practices in Every Place Climbing over Transcendence
97
Pivots Instead of Centers Postmodern Spirituality of Gary Snyder Ursula K Le Guin
111
III
123

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Patrick D. Murphy is Director of the Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among his other books are Understanding Gary Synder; Critical Essays on Gary Synder; Critical Essays on American Modernism; and Essentials of the Theory of Fiction. He is also founding editor of the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

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