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Gendered Ecologies

New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited by Dewey W. Hall and Jillmarie Murphy

Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century considers the value of interrelationships that exist among human, nonhuman species, and inanimate objects as part of the environment in the work of a diversity of nineteenth-century female writers. The collection engages with current paradigms of thought influencing the field of ecocriticism and, more specifically, ecofeminism. Various theories are featured, informing interpretation of literary and non-literary material, which include Anthropocene feminism, feminist geography, neo-materialism, object-oriented ontology, panarchy, and trans-corporeality. In particular, neo-materialism becomes a means by which to examine literary and non-literary content by women writers with attention to the materiality of objects as the aim of inquiry.

“A fresh and invigorating contribution to the field of environmental humanities. . . The ‘diversity’ of the collection allows for a picture to emerge here of the many, complex, and fascinating engagements with natural history made by women writers during the long nineteenth century.”
—Penny Bradshaw, Green Letters

“This collection is very impressive, offering insightful new readings of British and American women authors from the perspective of new materialism.. . . [T]hese essays expand the conception of what constitutes scientific writing in the long nineteenth century and recognizes the contributions of these women writers for the first time.”
—Ronald D. Morrison, Pacific Coast Philology

About the Editors

Dewey W. Hall is a Professor of English at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He also belongs to an interdisciplinary research program, featuring Literature and Arts, as part of St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Jillmarie Murphy is a Professor of English and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at Union College, Schenectady, New York. Her research interests and publications employ the psycho-social paradigm of attachment theory, drawing on topics considering gender, race, class, and ethnicity and their relationship to human-to-human, human-to-place, and human-to-animal bonding in literature.

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Pages: 256 pages

Published: March 2020


ISBN: 9781949979046