Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures

First Advisor

Catherine Keyser


“Nature as Culture: Ecofeminist Narratives of Environmental and Colonial History” is a cross-cultural, comparative, feminist investigation of two films, The Nightingale and Wolfwalkers, and two books, The Giving Tree and The Overstory. The narratives are analyzed through a combination of ecofeminism and decolonial feminism, revealing the four narratives’ investment in the effects of colonization on the environment. The two chapters explore the association of women with nature, traditionally used as a subordinating position, instead as a condition of empathetic understanding with both the colonized and the environment. Further, these narratives use the association of women with nature as an empowering angle, one from which we may address global climate change through a multi-faceted, collective approach.


© 2023, Sydney Leimbach

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