Feminism's critique of the Anthropocene

Walton, S (2020) 'Feminism's critique of the Anthropocene.' In: Cooke, J, ed. The new feminist literary studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 113-128. ISBN 9781108471930 (Forthcoming)

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The Anthropocene is the new designation for our current geological epoch, in which human activity has decisively altered earth ecosystems, global natural processes, and the geological record in ways that will be measurable by the geologists of our uncertain future. This chapter investigates the relationship between feminist thinking and the Anthropocene, establishing the gendered dimensions of environmental crisis and activism, and considering how feminist thinkers have critiqued a range of ‘environment’ topics, including the feminised and othering constructions of ‘Nature’; the masculinism of capitalism, technology, science, and the environmental movement; and the colonial implications of the ‘Anthropocene’ as a title for our new age, informed by decolonial and critical race theory perspectives. This cultural and activist work can be seen as part of a long-tradition of intersectional environmental activism and ecofeminist thought, which both inevitably and intentionally intersects with wider gender-rights campaigns including reproductive rights and health, autonomy and equality in work and the home, representation and participation in the public sphere, struggles against class oppression and racism, and feminist and queer critiques of militarisation, extractionism and colonialism. Ultimately, the chapter considers how new feminist understandings of the Anthropocene may be used to investigate and further intersectional ecological activism and contribute to movements which seek to improve the material conditions of women’s lives.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 17:08
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