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Scheherazade’s Daughters

The Power of Storytelling in Ecofeminist Change

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Barbara Bennett

Scheherazade, the storyteller of 1001 Arabian Nights, recounts stories literally to save her people, and in Scheherazade’s Daughters, Barbara Bennett explores how contemporary female authors attempt to save their own world by telling compelling stories that disseminate ideas of justice and equality for all living things, a philosophy called ecofeminism. Bennett examines how ecofeminism works in works by Margaret Atwood ( Surfacing, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Oryx & Crake), Barbara Kingsolver ( Animal Dreams, The Poisonwood Bible, and Prodigal Summer), and Ruth Ozeki ( My Year of Meats and All over Creation).
Bennett also analyzes ecofeminism in autobiography and memoir in Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge, Janisse Ray’s Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and Sandra Steingraber’s Living Downstream. Lastly through Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits, Ana Castillo’s So Far from God, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Bennett investigates how magical realism can spread the positive ideas of ecofeminism.
This groundbreaking book dissects the power of literature to convert minds and hearts in a direction that has the potential, like Scheherazade’s stories, to change our world for the better.

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aINDEX —A— Adams, Carol J., 8,47,95-6 Agnew, Eadaoin, 33 Allende, Isabel, 154, 158 The House of the Spirits, 153-162, 174 Atwood, Margaret, 16, 17-18 The Handmaid’s Tale, 17, 34-43, 44, 46 Oryx & Crake, 17, 34, 43-54 Surfacing, 18-34, 58 Year of the Flood, 44 —B— balance, 19, 73, 74, 80-81, 86, 91-92, 110-111 Bentham, Jeremy, 93 Boren, Lyle, 2 Bouson, J. Brooks, 53, 54 —C— Campbell, Joseph, 49 Carley, Bruce, 123 Carson, Rachel, 89, 115, 127, 140-141 Silent Spring, 3-4, 128 Castillo, Ana, 16 So Far From God, 162-172, 174 Christ, Carol P., 7 Cooke, Nathalie, 42 —D— DDT, 3, 5, 84-85, 141, 143-144 D’Eaubonne, Francoise, 5 deep ecology, 7 DeMarr, Mary Jean, 55 Diamond, Irene, 152, 185 —E— ecofeminism characteristics, 5-10, 184 definition, 5 and literature, 10-12 Eisler, Riane, 9 Emmons, Josh, 113 —F— Faulkner, William, 185 feminism, 8, 64-65 Fitzgerald, F. Scott, 10 Scheherazade’s Daughters 192 —G— Garden of Eden, 10-11, 37, 41, 74-75, 85 Garner, Margaret, 173 Ghandi, 183 goddess figure, 30-31, 43, 88, 108-09, 151-152, 155-156, 177 Goldberg, Bernard, 55 Goodall, Jane, 141 Gore, Al, 44, 184 Gray, Elizabeth Dodson, 37 —H— Hart, Stephen M., 151, 152, 153, 162- 163 Howells, Coral Ann, 34-35 Humphreys, Josephine, 89 —I— imagery animal, 67, 137-138, 160-61 bird, 67-68, 78-79, 123-126, 137- 138, 161-162 birth, 178-179 breast, 177-178 circle, 126-127 interconnection, 5-6, 10, 66-67, 83-84, 90-91, 94, 109, 162, 171, 184 —J— Jacobs, Harriet, 173 James, William, 18 Jefferson, Thomas, 130 —K— Kennedy, John F., 3 Kheel, Marti,...

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