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Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature$
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Roberta Seelinger Trites

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813800.001.0001

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Ecofeminism, the Material, and Genre

Ecofeminism, the Material, and Genre

(p.59) Chapter 3 Ecofeminism, the Material, and Genre
Twenty-First-Century Feminisms in Children's and Adolescent Literature

Roberta Seelinger Trites

University Press of Mississippi

Ecofeminism and material feminism are interrelated, especially in the way that ecofeminism insists on the agency of the natural world. Whether ecofeminism for the young is classified as speculative fiction or realism, those novels that interrogate environmentalism also tend to interrogate the false duality between discourse and the material. They also invariably demonstrate a young woman gaining an increased knowledge of herself as embodied in the world. This pattern can be found in a wide range of genres, including historical realism, such as Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust and Jacqueline Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate; contemporary realism, such as Angela Johnson’s Heaven; magic realism, such as Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ninth Ward and Margaret Mahy’s Kaitangata Twitch, and dystopic fictions, such as Collins' The Hunger Games.

Keywords:   Ecocriticism, Out of the Dust, Heaven” by Angela Johnson, Kaitangata Twitch, Interactionism

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