Date Approved

2017

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

English Language and Literature

First Advisor

Dr. Laura J. George

Second Advisor

Mary K. Ramsey

Abstract

The presence of Ecofeminism in women's poetry can empower women today who engage in feminist activism. The systematic oppression experienced by women is paralleled by the destruction inflicted upon nature (including animals). By recognizing these as similar, women can reclaim their connection to nature (while rejecting the idea that this is essentialist); through this connection women as readers find an escape from patriarchy, the male gaze, and sexual violence in Ecofeminist poetry.

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