Ecofeminism entered academic discourse about a generation ago as a critical paradigm to analyze the intersections between ecological and feminist concerns. It combines, e.g., a critique of the patriarchal mythology representing women as part of nature, both of which require the domesticating touch of "husbandmen," with reformist ideas about women as the more intelligent farmers and environmental steward(esse)s of the future. This class looks at generically very dissimilar texts united by an interest in exploring the relations between female disfranchisement and self-empowerment, toxic agriculture, and the effects of climate change. In addition, we will approach the topic from a transcultural perspective, exploring how these novels negotiate the colonial destruction of female land ownership, the treatment of migrant laborers, and the establishment of a utopian community.
Students are required to purchase a Reader (Copy&Paste), as well as the following texts:
- Atwood, Margaret (1972/1997) Surfacing. Virago. ISBN-10: 9780860680642
- Erdrich, Louise (1988/2004) Tracks. Harper. ISBN-10: 0060972459
- Butler, Octavia (1998/2019) Parable of the Talents. Headline. ISBN-10: 1472263650
- Corpi, Lucha (2009) Cactus Blood. Arte Publico. ISBN-10: 1558855890 (try second hand!)
- Kingsolver, Barbara (2012) Flight Behavior. Faber&Faber. ISBN-10: 0571290809