chapter  2
19 Pages

Toxic Epiphanies

Dioxin, Power, and Gendered Bodies in Laura Conti’s Narratives on Seveso *
WithSerenella Iovino

In her programmatic essay “Trans-Corporeal Feminism and the Ethical Space of Nature,” Stacy Alaimo defines trans-corporeality as “the time-space where human corporeality, in all its material fleshiness, is inseparable from ‘nature’ and ‘environment’” (238). Pointing at the inescapable being-together of human bodies and nonhuman environments, trans-corporeality discloses a dimension of practical and epistemological complexity: one made not only of the “interchanges and interconnections” between humans and more-than-human natures, but also of “the often unpredictable and always interconnected actions of environmental systems, toxic substances, and biological bodies” over territories in which “material and discursive, natural and cultural, biological and textual” are entangled and interconnected (Bodily 3).