Title

People Cut Female[s] Down Like Trees: An Ecofeminist Reading of the Scarlet Letter and The Birthmark

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

English Literature

Minor

Philosophy: History and Contemporary Thought

Presentation Format

Event

Abstract/Description

Ecofeminism is the convergence of feminism and ecology into one field of study focused on the relationship between nature and marginalized groups. An ecofeminist reading of Hawthorne’s fiction is a rewarding and worthwhile pursuit in the academia of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and "The Birthmark". Since Ecofeminism examines how the treatment of nature and the treatment of women is similar in a literary work, this task comes easily to Hawthorne scholars since his works involve both the natural and women. The image of women and the depiction of nature in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and have been evaluated in various ways, but the commonalities between these two facets of Hawthorne’s writing have not been noted at length.

Fall Scholars Week 2018 Event

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People Cut Female[s] Down Like Trees: An Ecofeminist Reading of the Scarlet Letter and The Birthmark

Ecofeminism is the convergence of feminism and ecology into one field of study focused on the relationship between nature and marginalized groups. An ecofeminist reading of Hawthorne’s fiction is a rewarding and worthwhile pursuit in the academia of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and "The Birthmark". Since Ecofeminism examines how the treatment of nature and the treatment of women is similar in a literary work, this task comes easily to Hawthorne scholars since his works involve both the natural and women. The image of women and the depiction of nature in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and have been evaluated in various ways, but the commonalities between these two facets of Hawthorne’s writing have not been noted at length.