“All practices of exploration are embodied” – Postscript on Gender and Nature Writing

Last month’s post Typically Feminine? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing generated some great responses from others interested in and working on (new) nature writing. Some rightly challenged the limits of the rough dichotomy I sketched between male and female writing, others recognized it, or even admitted to avoiding some works by male nature writers … Continue reading “All practices of exploration are embodied” – Postscript on Gender and Nature Writing

Typically feminine? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing Part 2

Last year I wrote a post about the role of gender in new nature writing and concluded that much new nature writing, like "old", presents experiences of nature as distinctly male rites of passages, with "the remote concerns of the British isles as the not-so-new-frontier". As Jeremy Solnick notes in a comment on that post, … Continue reading Typically feminine? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing Part 2

Macho nature? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing Part I

Sure, the few tentative attempts at defining a new British nature writing suggest that this is a (sub) genre dominated by men, with the notable exception of Kathleen Jamie. Nonetheless, I'd never really thought of these new British nature writing texts in terms of gender - perhaps the result of years of reading of ecocritical … Continue reading Macho nature? Or, Gender in New Nature Writing Part I