Early Developments of Ecofeminist Thought in French Women’s Early Romantic Fiction

Margrave, Christie (2018) Early Developments of Ecofeminist Thought in French Women’s Early Romantic Fiction. Essays in French Literature and Culture, 55. pp. 45-64.

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Ecocritical analysis of women’s sentimental novels has thus far been overlooked, yet, as this paper argues, we can trace the development of ecofeminist thought to early Romantic women writers. Cultural ecofeminist arguments that ‘[t]he ancient identity of nature as a nurturing mother links women’s history with the history of the environment and ecological change’ (Merchant, 1990, p.xx) ring true in Cottin’s Malvina and Amélie Mansfield and in Staël’s Corinne. Traces of radical ecofeminism are also evident, since the novelists use ecological devastation to highlight patriarchal oppressive treatment of women. However, like Souza’s Adèle de Sénange, these novels go further, bringing us towards a social ecofeminist perspective, by showing how women and nature are dominated by a combination of hierarchical ideologies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecofeminism,ecocriticism,women's writing,nature,eighteenth century,nineteenth century
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 10:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85918

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