International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

An Ecofeminist Approach to North America’s Female Authors in the Last Decade (2000-2010): Ami McKay’s The Birth House as an Example
Florence Yap G. H.

Most people would nod at the mention of environmentalism movement that creates an awareness of the interrelationship of the living beings and its habitat (or in Pierre Bourdieu’s words, habitué) and acknowledge the popular notion of ecocriticism in literature towards the end of the 20th century. Some would also say that it is in congruence with the movement of deep ecology, initiated by Arne Naess. However, it is neither the exposure to contemporary theories of feminism nor the living in a time where the end of patriarchy is not longer heatedly discussed. It is the self realization of the female author as a woman, a natural biological body having the womb to mother a child or the kind of mothering quality which goes as far back as the time before Christ in thevirgin mother. (I’m not suggesting that lesbians and female who has no intention to bare children do not have “natural” biological inclination). The mothering quality is precisely the intrinsic dimension of human consciousness that is not separate from the body. The ethical interactions with the habitué is perseverare in suoesse.

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