Parution : Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond (D. A. Vakoch, ed.)

Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.), Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond. Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction, Routledge, 2021

Presentation

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. From an ecofeminist perspective, a core cause of our current ecological catastrophe is the patriarchal domination of nature, playing out in parallel with the oppression of women. As an alternative to dystopian futures that seem increasingly inevitable, ecofeminist science fiction helps us conjure utopias that promote environmental sustainability based on more egalitarian human relationships.

Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond: Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction explores the fictional worlds of such canonical novelists as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, and Joan Slonczewski, as well as those of lesser-known science fiction writers, as they collectively probe humanity’s greatest existential threats. Contributors from five continents provide compelling analyses of far future dystopias on Earth that are all too easy to imagine becoming reality if humankind’s current trajectory continues, as well as provocative insights into science fiction utopias set on idyllic planets orbiting distant stars, which offer liberatory alternatives that might someday be actualized in the real world. By examining the links between the destruction of the environment and the domination of women, Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond provides the tools to counteract those intertwined oppressions, helping create a foundation for a truly habitable world.

Table of Contents

Foreword. « Ecofeminism and Speculative Fiction: A Writer’s Reflection. » — Vandana Singh

Preface. — Douglas A. Vakoch

Introduction. — Patrick D. Murphy

I. Climate Change and Future Earth Dystopias

Chapter 1. « An Ecofeminist Reading of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of Talents. » — Hatice Övgü Tüzün

Chapter 2. « An Ecofeminist Treatment of Nourishment and Feeding in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy. » — Debra Wain

Chapter 3. « Margaret Atwood’s Ecodystopic SF: Approaching Ethics, Gender, and Ecology. » — Izabel F. O. Brandão and Ildney Cavalcanti

Chapter 4. « Ecofeminist (Post) Ice-Age Ecotopia: Doris Lessing’s ’Mara and Dann’ Books. » — Julia Kuznetski

Chapter 5. « Ecofeminist Climate Fiction: Merlinda Bobis’s Locust Girl. » — Iris Ralph

II. Utopias on Earth and Beyond

Chapter 6. « ‘Extinction is Forever’: Ecofeminism and Apocalypse in Louise Lawrence’s Young Adult Short Fiction. » — Michelle Deininger and Gemma Scammell

Chapter 7. « Ecofeminist Utopian Speculations in Henrietta Augusta Dugdale’s A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age (1883), Catherine Helen Spence’s A Week in the Future (1888), Mary Anne Moore-Bentley’s A Woman of Mars; Or, Australia’s Enfranchised Woman (1901), and Joyce Vincent’s The Celestial Hand: A Sensational Story. » — Nicole Anae

Chapter 8. « Alien Ecofeminist Societies: Sharers in Joan Slonczewski’s A Door into Ocean. » — Irene Sanz Alonso

Chapter 9. « Re-reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s SF: The Daoist Yin Principle in Ecofeminist Novels. » — Amy Chan Kit-sze

Chapter 10. « Keeping Grows; Giving Flows: Reciprocal Relations and the Gift of Always Coming Home. » — Karl Zuelke

Chapter 11. « ‘The Revolt of the Mother’: Romanticizing Nature and Rejecting Science in Sally Miller Gearhart’s The Wanderground and Other Feminist Utopias. » — Christy Tidwell


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