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|Named Person:||Susan Fenimore Cooper; Mary Austin; Leslie Marmon Silko; Joan Slonczewski; Mary Austin; Susan Fenimore Cooper; Leslie Marmon Silko; Joan Slonczewski|
|Material Type:||Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Shari Michelle Childers; University of Texas at Dallas. Graduate Program in Humanities.
|Description:||ix, 291 leaves : illustrations ; 28 cm|
|Responsibility:||by Shari Michelle Childers.|
I utilize women's environmental literatures in an effort to hasten the rectification of the canonical biases inherited from the history of nature writing. I dedicate a chapter each to Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural Hours (1850), Mary Hunter Austin's Land of Little Rain (1903), Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony (1977), and Joan Slonczewski's A Door into Ocean (1986) in an attempt to recover the historicity and variety of American women's eco-literatures. Each chapter has two parts. In the first, I contextualize the visions of these women's texts with respect to contemporary perspectives on environmental sustainability and contemporaneous developments in natural ecology. In the second, I contextualize the voices of these women's texts with respect to the American literary tradition and ecocritical theory. Also, I suggest specific ways educators might use each text to engage students in the broader sustainability debate ongoing in the natural, social, and political spaces around them. In doing so, I aspire to a "principle of relevance" in literary criticism that William Rueckert suggested when he coined the term "ecocriticism" in 1978: I attempt to continue his experiment in ecocriticism and teaching, bringing literature and ecology together in the hope of saving the world with words.