|aLiterature, nature, and other :|becofeminist critiques/|cPatrick D. Murphy.
|aAlbany :|bState University of New York Press, |cc1995.
|axiv, 212 p. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -205) and index.
|aProlegomenon for an ecofeminist dialogics -- Ground, pivot, motion: Ecofeminist Theory, dialogics, and literary practice -- Voicing another nature -- Reconveiving the relations of woman and nature, nature and culture: Contemporary environmental literature by women -- Sex-typing the planet: gaia imagery and the problem of subverting patriarchy -- Somagrams in an/other tongue: Patricia Hampl's "Resort" -- Ecology and love: The spiderwebs of Joy Harjo -- "A mountain always practices in every place": Climbing over transcendence -- Pivots instead of centers: Postmodern spirituality in Gary Snyder and Ursula K. Le Guin -- Let the survivors of contact speak: In the canon and in the classroom -- Centering the other: Trickster midwife pedagogy -- The present is to nature as the past is to culture as the future is to agency -- Simply uncontrollable, or steaming open the envelope of ideology.
|aThe 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.
|aRanging 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.