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Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Reading The Orange

Josephine Donovan
Hypatia
Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring, 1996), pp. 161-184
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810269
Page Count: 24
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Ecofeminist Literary Criticism: Reading The Orange
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Abstract

Ecofeminism, a new vein in feminist theory, critiques the ontology of domination, whereby living beings are reduced to the status of objects, which diminishes their moral significance, enabling their exploitation, abuse, and destruction. This article explores the possibility of an ecofeminist literary and cultural practice, whereby the text is not reduced to an "it" but rather recognized as a "thou," and where new modes of relationship-dialogue, conversation, and meditative attentiveness-are developed.

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