Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space

Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space
Alaimo, Stacy. Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space. 2000.

Undomesticated Ground critiques hasty alliances between feminism and environmentalism as well as the "flight from nature" in feminist theory, proposing instead, moments in which "nature" is perpetually recast as a feminist, undomesticated, gender-minimizing space. Through analyzing a wide range of feminist writings—as well as visual arts, television, and film—Alaimo demonstrates that nature has been an potent conceptual site for feminist theory and practice. She discusses its significance for Americans engaged in social and political struggles from, for example, the "Indian Wars" of the early nineteenth century, to the birth control movement in the 1920s and the socialist movements of the 30s, to contemporary battles against racism and heterosexism. Reading works by Catherine Sedgwick, Mary Austin, Emma Goldman, Nella Larson, Donna Haraway, Toni Morrison, and others, Alaimo finds that some of these writers strategically invoke nature for feminist purposes while others cast nature as a postmodern agent of resistance in the service of both environmentalism and social justice.By examining the importance of nature within literary, theoretical, and political texts, this book greatly expands the parameters of the nature writing genre and establishes nature as a crucial site for the cultural work of feminism.

Fields of Focus: American Studies, Cultural Studies, Feminism Studies, Literary and Critical Theory, Literature and the Environment