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    Title: An ecofeminist alternative to maldevelopment in A thousand acres (1991), The poisonwood bible (1998), and The heart of redness (2000)
    Other Titles: 在<<褪色天堂>>(1991), <<毒木聖經>>(1998), <<紅色之心>>(2000)中針對不良發展的另一種生態女性主義選擇
    Authors: 吳孟樺;Wu, Mong-hua
    Contributors: 淡江大學英文學系博士班
    黃逸民;Huang, Peter I-ming
    Keywords: 生態女性主義;發展;生存;全球化;土地;褪色天堂;毒木聖經;紅色之心;ecofeminism;Development;subsistence;Globalization;land;A Thousand Acres;The Poinsonwood Bible;The Heart of Redness
    Date: 2013
    Issue Date: 2013-04-13 10:27:19 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: 論文名稱:在《褪色天堂》(1991)、 頁數:177
    校系(所)組別:淡江大學 英文 學系(研究所) A 組
    畢業時間及提要別: 101學年度第1 學期 博士學位論文提要
    研究生:吳孟樺 指導教授:黃逸民 博士

    Title of Thesis An Ecofeminist Alternative Total pages:177
    to Maldevelopment in
    A Thousand Acres (1991),
    The Poisonwood Bible (1998),
    and The Heart of Redness (2000)

    Key word: ecofeminism, development, subsistence, globalization, land, A Thousand Acres, The Poisonwood Bible, The Heart of Redness

    Name of Institute: Department of English, Tamkang University

    Graduate date: January, 2013 Degree conferred:
    Doctor of Philosophy

    Name of student: Monh-hua Wu Advisor: Dr. I-ming Huang
    吳孟樺 黃逸民博士

    The aim of this dissertation is to work out an ecofeminist alternative to development, a move away from conventional market-orientated and technoscientific development towards another democracy, another production as well as another knowledge.
    Contrary to the modern development, the ecofeminist alternative to development stresses sustainability. Socio-economically, in opposition to capitalist-patriarchal competition and exploitation, sustainability values life-centered political economy and emphasizes equality among human beings and between humans and non-humans. Cultural-ecologically, contrary to global homogeneity of culture and nature, sustainability refers to a harmonious symbiotic human-environment relationship as well as an open attitude towards bio-cultural diversities and differences. Standing in opposition to malestream politics, commodity production system, global cultural imperialism, and ecological devastation, the ecofeminist alternative to development indicates a friendly and healthy human-environmental trajectory towards alternative democracy, production, and knowledge.
    Three texts are used to support the possibility of the ecofeminist alternative to development: Jean Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991), Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible (1999), and Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness (2000). These three texts share a contextual and thematic connection that reveals that male-dominated colonialism violates the equal bonds among humans, the significance of life and subsistence, and the free expression of bio-cultural diversities and differences, respectively. Moreover, the locations of these violations are closely linked to the abuse of the land.
    In the discussion on A Thousand Acres, Val Plumwood and Stacy Alaimo’s insightful observations not only reveal the colonial-patriarchal impositions on both women and land but also indicate a land-based feminist revolution. In the chapter on The Poisonwood Bible, Maria Mies’ subsistence perspective helps to interrogate the interactions among capitalism, racism and environmental abuse and to examine the possibility of decolonizing economics. As to the analysis of The Heart of Redness, Susan Hawthorne’s theory on power and knowledge deals with the global imperial homogeneity of local culture and landscape and highlights the values of difference and diversity in the era of globalization.
    Due to the powerful influences of the mainstream western political, economic and cultural expansions, minority groups—women, the non-whites, nonhumans, nature, and the environment—are often under deprivation. Nevertheless, recognizing the ecofeminist alternative to development helps voice the needs of the minority groups and engender true democracy, a proper production system, and cultural pluralism. In short, the ecofeminist alternative to development ensures the accomplishment of both social and environmental justice.

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