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Context Sensitive Links 1 of 1 Tracing ecophobia through bios/zoe dichotomy in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

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dc.contributor.author Ağın, Başak
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-17T08:15:15Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-17T08:15:15Z
dc.date.issued 2021-10-25
dc.identifier.issn 0324-4652
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s11059-021-00611-z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12485/852
dc.description.abstract This article analyzes Margaret Atwood's Surfacing (1972) in light of Simon Estok's ecophobia hypothesis. Based on Estok's compelling argument that ecophobia inherently relates to other types of discriminatory and violent acts arising from xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, sexism, racism, and speciesism, the article traces the links between ecophobia and centuries-old bios/zoe dichotomy in Atwood's novel with a specific focus on the haunting memories of the unnamed protagonist/narrator. The primary argument of the article is that the protagonist in Atwood's Surfacing experiences an in-between state, in her quest beyond gender and geography, and thus experiences various sentiments evoked by ecophobia, such as self-victimization, madness, and disgust. The article claims that during her search for her missing father, the narrator in Surfacing journeys from the status of bios to the independent 'wilderness' zone of zoe, finally resolving to unite back with the so-called civilized order of bios, which explains the underlying ecophobic tendencies that are uniquely human. Using postcolonial and ecofeminist theoretical background to support Estok's arguments in this array, the author claims that understanding ecophobia requires more than equating it with other forms of discrimination but necessitates facing the failure of heteropatriarchal, anthropocentric human culture that embeds the primal dichotomy of bios/zoe. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SPRINGER en_US
dc.subject Ecophobia en_US
dc.subject Bioszoe dichotomy en_US
dc.subject Margaret Atwood en_US
dc.subject Surfacing en_US
dc.title Context Sensitive Links 1 of 1 Tracing ecophobia through bios/zoe dichotomy in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal NEOHELICON en_US


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