Investigation of the parallel dominations of women and nature, through analysis and reflection on ecofeminist theory, activism, and spirituality. Prerequisite: ENVS 001, ENVS 002, NR 002, or GSWS 001. Cross-listed with: GSWS 179.
Dates: July 19 - August 13, 2021; Prereqs: ENVS 001 or 002, or NR 002 or GSWS 001; Minimum sophomore standing; Cross listed with GSWS 179 OL1; Total combined enrollment = 40
Ecofeminism is a field of study that is concerned with relationships between humans and the natural world. Exploring the connections between environmentalism and feminism, the field of ecofeminist studies specifically addresses the traditional interpretation of "nature" as female (or feminine), the connection between the oppression of women and the exploitation of nature, and ways in which environmental issues often affect women in particular. In this course, we will read from a broad range of ecofeminist texts. Our goals will include learning about ecofeminist approaches to literature, studying various feminist theoretical responses to environmental issues as well as developing our own personal views of women, nature, sustainability, and patterns of environmental domination. Our reading list will include authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Lesley Marmon Silko, Alice Walker, Jane Smiley, Wangari Maathai, Rachel Carson, Val Plumwood, Vandana Shiva, and Carolyn Merchant.
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