Module Overview

Module Overview

This introductory module to ecofeminism, which assumes no prior knowledge, will explore the connections between women and ecology. It will examine various ways in which women and the non-human world have been conceptualised and subordinated under patriarchy or the rule of the fathers. Using literary texts written by Asian women writers and relevant cultural texts such as films, it will explore real and ideological embedment of women in nature.

Fundamental to the study will be the literary analysis of texts. The module will examine literary texts by Asian women across South, East and Southeast Asia.  It will introduce students to a range of literary texts beginning with simple poems, going up to complex literary texts like novels and cultural texts like films. Students will also be introduced to several relevant theoretical readings. 

Description

Women around the world struggle with the various fallouts from climate crisis. This vulnerable demographic struggles to combat both real and ideological conditions connecting women and Nature. Cognizing this, the field of Ecological feminism [Ecofeminism] has grown rapidly in the past few decades. This introductory module to ecofeminism will combine literary analysis, environmental humanities and feminism. It will extend students’ knowledge of feminism and environmental issues relating to women. Fundamental to the study will be the literary analysis of texts taught in a scaffolded way. The module will examine literary texts by Asian women across South, East and Southeast Asia.

Learning Outcomes

This will be a Level 2000 module. As such, this will serve as an introductory module to ecofeminism – the study of gender and ecology. The module will also gradually and incrementally expose students to diachronic and synchronic explorations of literature and its relationship to the issues surrounding gender and environment. This would involve understanding the historical developments in ecofeminist theory over the past two decades through the study of literary texts by Asian women writers. The students will begin from ground zero. No prior knowledge of either feminism, or ecological criticism, or indeed literary analysis will be assumed to exist. Once they complete this module, they will emerge with the skill-sets necessary to further advance to higher levels in ecofeminism and also gain a fair understanding of literary analysis.