ERIC Number: ED333452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Ecofeminism and the Teaching of Writing.
McAndrew, Donald A.
The connection of feminism and ecology into ecofeminism has important congruencies with the teaching of writing and literacy, creating an important web of influence between language, politics, and planet. The four central claims of ecofeminism are: (1) there is a connection between the exploitation of the environment and the exploitation of women; (2) the reason for the connection of ecology and feminism is the objectification of nature and women; (3) science and technology are a tool of patriarchal dominance; and (4) nature and women must be revalued. Parallels to ecofeminism are suggested in the writing workshop classroom, where peer groups respond to drafts, the teacher confers with writers, and everyone writes the stories and arguments important to them. Recent theoretical understandings of text and readers/writers have moved in a direction congruent with ecofeminism, as recent literary theory attempts to restore subjectivity to its rightful place in the action of reading literature, and sociopsycholinguistics portrays readers and writers as actively making meaning, not taking meaning from some pre-existent objective text. The move in research methodology has been from patriarchal sci-tech to naturalistic and organic designs. Classroom practice also shows parallels to ecofeminism, by forming communities of readers, reading from a non-hierarchical canon, giving students ownership and authorship, and valuing diversity and connectedness. (Seventeen references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).