Ecofeminist Science Fiction

In this collection, ecocritics from five continents scrutinize science fiction for insights into the fundamental changes we need to make to survive and thrive as a species.

Ecofeminist Science Fiction

Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature provides guidance in navigating some of the most pressing dangers we face today. Science fiction helps us face problems that threaten the very existence of humankind by giving us the emotional distance to see our current situation from afar, separated in our imaginations through time, space, or circumstance. Extrapolating from contemporary science, science fiction allows a critique of modern society, imagining more life-affirming alternatives. In this collection, ecocritics from five continents scrutinize science fiction for insights into the fundamental changes we need to make to survive and thrive as a species. Contributors examine ecofeminist themes in films, such as Avatar, Star Wars, and The Stepford Wives, as well as television series including Doctor Who and Westworld. Other scholars explore an internationally diverse group of both canonical and lesser-known science fiction writers including Oreet Ashery, Iraj Fazel Bakhsheshi, Liu Cixin, Louise Erdrich, Hanns Heinz Ewers, Larissa Lai, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chen Qiufan, Mary Doria Russell, Larissa Sansour, Karen Traviss, and Jeanette Winterson. Ecofeminist Science Fiction explores the origins of human-caused environmental change in the twin oppressions of women and of nature, driven by patriarchal power and ideologies. Female embodiment is examined through diverse natural and artificial forms, and queer ecologies challenge heteronormativity. The links between war and environmental destruction are analyzed, and the capitalist motivations and means for exploiting nature are critiqued through postcolonial perspectives.

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Ecofeminist Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Douglas A. Vakoch
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature provides guidance in navigating some of the most pressing dangers we face today. Science fiction helps us face problems that threaten the very existence of humankind by giving us the emotional distance to see our current situation from afar, separated
Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Douglas A. Vakoch
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Caught as we are in a grave climate crisis that seems more irreversible with every passing year, our literary portrayals of the future often feature the dystopian collapse of the world as we know it. Science fiction explores how we got here, while pointing toward a more hopeful path forward.
Queer Universes
Language: en
Pages: 285
Authors: Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, Joan Gordon
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-01 - Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Disputes over the meaning and practice of sexuality have become increasingly central to cultural self-definition. It is hardly surprising, then, that science fiction, the province of new physical and psychological frontiers, has taken up the task of imagining a diverse range of queer and not-so-queer futures. Queer Universes is a
Ecofeminism and Feminist Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Alexandra Ruth Derwent Knight
Categories: Ecofeminism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher:

Books about Ecofeminism and Feminist Science Fiction
Gender and Environment in Science Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 238
Authors: Bridgitte Barclay, Christy Tidwell
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-23 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This book examines the often-complex relationships between issues of gender and the environment in science fiction films and fiction. Its contributors discuss a range of texts: early apocalyptic science fiction, campy midcentury science fiction films, Silver Age superhero comics, and twenty-first-century science fiction films and literature.