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‘La Geografía Interior de Casa’: la ética ecofeminista de Daphne Marlatt en su novela 'Taken'

By Eva Darias Beautell


En este ensayo, me propongo analizar las señas de una ética feminista en la novela Taken de Daphne Marlatt, texto que, basándose en la materialidad/ maternalidad del lenguaje, reconsidera la relación del sujeto (femenino) con el territorio, el lugar y el espacio, a la vez que propone una forma de maternalismo situada en la intersección entre feminismo y ecología. Mi lectura intentará elucidar la importancia de esta propuesta. Frente a una cartografía bélica, de ocupación y de violencia, el texto de Marlatt nos ofrece una vía de escape a través del paisaje, una geografía del cuerpo femenino basada en el maternalismo y en la fusión del cuerpo con el medio ambiente.This essay examines the imprints of a feminist ethics in Daphne Marlatt’s novel Taken, a text that, drawing on the materiality/maternality of language, rethinks the (female) subject’s relation to territory, place and space, and puts forward a form of maternalism defined at the junction between feminism and ecology. Tracing lines of comparison and action between the two, ecofeminism could be defined as «feminism taken to its logical conclusion, because it theorizes the interrelations among self, societies, and nature» (Birkeland 1993, 17-18). My analysis will try to elucidate some of the implications contained in Marlatt’s radical proposal. Against a cartography of war, occupation, and violence, Marlatt’s text offers an escape by the landscape, a geography of the female body, maternalism, and the body’s fusion with the environment.The research conducted for this essay has been possible thanks to the generous help of the Government of Canada, who awarded me with a Research Faculty Grant, with which I was able to work at the University of British Columbia in the summer of 2004. I am also indebted to the Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deportes (Gobierno de Canarias), for its funding of the three-year research project «Revisiones del canon en Canadá y Estados Unidos: Literatura, Cultura y Género (1975-2000)»

Topics: Marlatt, Daphne, Literatura canadiense, Ética feminista, Ecofeminismo, Maternalismo, Cuerpo femenino, Canadian literature, Feminist ethics, Ecofeminism, Maternalism, Female body
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Centro de Estudios sobre la Mujer
Year: 2005
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