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Koch, A E. 2022. Clash and Cooperation of Ecofeminism and Postmodern Feminism: the Intersection of Two Theories in Dystopic Literature. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ecofeminism and postmodern feminism are regarded as opposite theories in their attempts to solve for ecological and patriarchal oppression. This thesis argues that these two theories are not mutually exclusive, and must work together to effectively combat oppression faced by the environment and by women. It uses two works of literature, Our Life in the Forest by Marie Darrieussecq and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood to argue for the combination of ecofeminist and postmodern feminist strategies. Both works are dystopic in nature, portraying the destruction of the environment and patriarchal discourse against women. Ultimately, this thesis analyzes the strategies employed by the main characters of the aforementioned novels in their retreat from the societies which they inhabit. It also relies on the theory of the cyborg in combination with ecofeminist rebellion against oppressive systems to present a combination of ecofeminist and postmodern feminist discourse as demonstrated through the chosen novels.