Ecocriticism and Women Writers Environmentalist Poetics of Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, and Ali Smith

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-17
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, and Ali Smith share an ecological philosophy of the world as one highly interconnected entity comprised of multiple and equal, human and non-human participants. This study argues that these writers' ecocentric views find expression through their literary forms and that their texts have an ecological significance in fostering respect for and understanding of difference, human and nonhuman.

Beginning with Woolf's work, these writers abandon the hegemonic master narrative and instead practice pluralistic, democratic, and non-authoritarian forms that are consistent with feminist ecology and erode patriarchal domination. Their texts have a world-transforming potential as they offer formal models that overcome dualistic thinking and unsettle traditional binaries. The value transformation they encourage is an indispensible groundwork for the new environmental philosophy and a prerequisite to progressive action and change.

Author Biography

Justyna Kostkowska is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. She teaches and publishes in Modern British literature and Twentieth Century women writers, especially Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, and Wislawa Szymborska. She is the author of Virginia Woolf's Experiment in Genre and Politics 1926-1931: Visioning and Versioning The Waves (2005).

Table of Contents

1.'Kew Gardens'' Narrative Ecology: Virginia Woolf's Ecofeminist Imagination and the Narrative Discovery of Jacob's Room
2.'All Taken Together': Ecological Form in Mrs. Dalloway
3. Singing the World in The Waves: Ecopoetics of Woolf's Play-Poem
4. Living with the Other: Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body
5. Multiplicity and Coexistence in The Powerbook
6. The Fiction of Abundance and Awareness: Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping.
7. Hotel World: A Symbiotic Narrative Space
8. Getting Close: Ecopoetics of Intimacy in Ali Smith's Like
9. Stories that Change the World: Ali Smith's Ecological 'Realityfiction'

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