Exploring environmental literature from a feminist perspective, this volume presents a diversity of feminist ecocritical approaches to affirm the continuing contributions, relevance, and necessity of a feminist perspective in environmental literature, culture, and science. Feminist ecocriticism has a substantial history, with roots in second- and third-wave feminist literary criticism, women’s environmental writing and social change activisms, and eco-cultural critique, and yet both feminist and ecofeminist literary perspectives have been marginalized. The essays in this collection build on the belief that the repertoire of violence (conceptual and literal) toward nature and women comprising our daily lives must become central to our ecocritical discussions, and that basic literacy in theories about ethics are fundamental to these discussions. The book offers an international collection of scholarship that includes ecocritical theory, literary criticism, and ecocultural analyses, bringing a diversity of perspectives in terms of gender, sexuality, and race. Reconnecting with the histories of feminist and ecofeminist literary criticism, and utilizing new developments in postcolonial ecocriticism, animal studies, queer theory, feminist and gender studies, cross-cultural and international ecocriticism, this timely volume develops a continuing and international feminist ecocritical perspective on literature, language, and culture.

chapter |16 pages


part I|67 pages

Feminist Ecocritical Theory

chapter 1|18 pages

Feminist Ecocriticism

A Posthumanist Direction in Ecocritical Trajectory

chapter 2|19 pages

Toxic Epiphanies

Dioxin, Power, and Gendered Bodies in Laura Conti's Narratives on Seveso *

chapter 3|14 pages

Treating Objects Like Women

Feminist Ontology and the Question of Essence

chapter 4|14 pages

The Ecophobia Hypothesis

Re-membering the Feminist Body of Ecocriticism

part II|63 pages

Feminist/Postcolonial/Environmental Justice

chapter 5|14 pages

Streams of Violence

Colonialism, Modernization, and Gender in María Cristina Mena's “John Of God, the Water-Carrier”

chapter 6|19 pages

Saving the Costa Rican Rainforest

Anacristina Rossi's Mad About Gandoca Translation and Commentary

chapter 7|17 pages

The Poetics of Decolonization

Reading Carpentaria in a Feminist Ecocritical Frame

chapter 8|11 pages

Re-Imagining the Human

Ecofeminism, Affect, and Post-Colonial Narration

part III|70 pages

Species, Sexualities, and Eco-Activisms

chapter 9|15 pages

Women and Interspecies Care

Dog Mothers in Taiwan

chapter 10|18 pages

The Queer Vegetarian

Understanding Alimentary Activism

chapter 12|16 pages

Down with People

Queer Tendencies and Troubling Racial Politics in Antinatalist Discourse

part IV|58 pages

Apocalyptic Visions

chapter 13|14 pages

Keep Moving

Place and Gender in a Post-Apocalyptic Environment

chapter 14|19 pages

Queer Green Apocalypse

Tony Kushner's Angels In America

chapter 15|23 pages

In(ter)dependence Day

A Feminist Ecocritical Perspective on Fireworks