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저자 : 김유곤 ( Yugon Kim )

발행기관 : 한국영미문학페미니즘학회 간행물 : 영미문학페미니즘 30권 1호 발행 연도 : 2022 페이지 : pp. 5-34 (30 pages)

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This essay explores how Asian American poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's experimental lyric poem Endocrinology narrates and responds to the environmental crisis by synthesizing science and poetry. Part memoir, part scientific observation, Endocrinology vividly describes the poet's personal experience of environmental illness after she was accidentally exposed to a toxic pesticide near her place. Reading Endocrinology with Stacy Alaimo's concept of “trans-corporeality,” I argue that Berssenbrugge reconceptualizes the body, especially women's bodies affected by environmental illness, as a trans-corporeal space in which the relationship between human and nonhuman is entangled and affects each other. To illuminate various aspects of environmental risks that permeate our daily lives, Berssenbrugge not only critiques rigid categories between nature and culture, but also seeks to broaden the scope of feminist literature beyond human agency by highlighting the intersections of environmental and gender issues. Navigating the boundaries between the biomedical understanding of environmental risks and the sensory perception of the toxic body, this essay finally suggests that Berssenbrugge's ecofeminist imagination helps readers to develop arts of noticing in our moment of crisis.

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저자 : 박선아 ( Seonah Park )

발행기관 : 한국영미문학페미니즘학회 간행물 : 영미문학페미니즘 30권 1호 발행 연도 : 2022 페이지 : pp. 35-59 (25 pages)

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Although plentiful literary works 'about' mothers have been published throughout literary history, mothers' own voices have only appeared in poetic works relatively recently, and have received little scholarly attention. This essay explores Anne Sexton's motherhood poems from a matricentric perspective. As a mother who raised two kids in the 1950s when American society used an ideal mother image as propaganda, Sexton in her brutally candid motherhood poems invites readers to look into the issue of forced motherhood, what Betty Friedan once called the “problem that has no name.” Against a backdrop of this motherhood discourse in the 1950s, Sexton addressed what mothers encountered in reality in the voice of the mother-speaker and constructed the space of matricentric motherhood poems in her era. By analyzing how Sexton poeticizes her thoughts about the female body with the reproductive system without romanticizing it, this paper proposes that her writing process foregrounds the metaphorical connection of the female body to its creativity. Her motherhood poems delve into maternal experiences to reveal motherhood's inherent status, which is liminal and constantly re-defined through mother-child relationships. The essay concludes by proclaiming the significance of motherhood poetics generated by Sexton's poetic praxis, which gives voice to maternal experiences as a mother-poet.

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저자 : 박신현 ( Shinhyun Park )

발행기관 : 한국영미문학페미니즘학회 간행물 : 영미문학페미니즘 30권 1호 발행 연도 : 2022 페이지 : pp. 61-91 (31 pages)

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This paper aims to explore how Maggie Gee's The Flood makes readers experience the half-drowned city after the great flood due to climate change, in multi-sensory and affective ways, and suggests our ethical responsibility for others, grounded on the fact that all beings, including human species and other species, are persistently interpenetrated and intricately interconnected. The conflicts between different groups deepen in the city messy with chilly and damp buildings, shabby boats on the dirty water, and the terror of infectious disease. The flood, however, turns out to reveal the absolute relatedness between humans and the affinity between human bodies and nonhuman bodies such as those of animals and plants and even the heavenly bodies. By depicting urban foxes alert to the imminent massive tidal waves ahead of humans, and the enormous water materially embodied like a living creature, this novel emphasizes that nonhumans are active agents with powerful agency, and requires humans to be humble. Locating all the characters in the contact zone between various families, The Flood implies that the Anthropocene can be thought on the massive scale of the Earth and yet eventually leads to the question of having a home to return to.

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저자 : Joohyun Park

발행기관 : 한국영미문학페미니즘학회 간행물 : 영미문학페미니즘 30권 1호 발행 연도 : 2022 페이지 : pp. 93-130 (38 pages)

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This paper reads Ira Levine's 1972 novella, The Stepford Wives, as a text that exposes the backlash mentality of anti-feminists and a text that takes an introspective look at second-wave feminism to subtly suggest its limited scope through the protagonist's failure to look beyond the boundary of white, middle-class, suburban housewives of Stepford in her fight against Stepford's misogynistic Men's Association. Struggling over women's right to subjecthood, the yet-to-be-killed-and-automated wives of Stepford, including Joanna Eberhart, strive to step out of the male(centric) gaze that objectifies and domesticates them. Despite the keen eyes with which Joanna penetrates the violent workings of the Association, she fails to prevent it from depriving the Stepford wives of life and subjecthood. This is due to Joanna's failure to see working-class women, unmarried women, aged widows, and non-white women of Stepford as her potential feminist compatriots, which leaves her struggling to protect herself from the Association's deadly grip in isolation. By drawing attention to the perspectival limitation of Joanna's feminism and how it ultimately precludes her from garnering enough power to liberate the Stepford wives, Stepford criticizes the classism, ageism, and racism of second-wave feminism, and emphasizes the necessity of an extended form of feminism that embraces intersectionality.

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저자 : Soo Hyun Hwang

발행기관 : 한국영미문학페미니즘학회 간행물 : 영미문학페미니즘 30권 1호 발행 연도 : 2022 페이지 : pp. 131-155 (25 pages)

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This paper seeks to advance a close reading of Sophocles' Antigone through the lens of contemporary biopolitics. Drawing mainly on Roberto Esposito's biopolitics and Giorgio Agamben's concepts of homo sacer and the zone of indistinction, this paper complicates the traditional reading of Antigone as typifying the conflict between human and divine law. I aim not only to further a theoretical analysis but also to enrich a literary understanding of how modern day biopolitics may be applied to premodern texts. My reading of Esposito and Agamben focuses on the gendered dimension of biopolitics, specifically as it applies to the context of Antigone and Antigone's punishment as ordered by Creon. I argue that Antigone's body itself presents an immunological threat to the sovereign order of Thebes, and by refusing to include this inhuman, apolitical body within the polis, Creon's decision to put Antigone to death paradoxically invites the contagion of death upon the city.

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