The members of the research group “Ecofictions: Emergent Discourses on Woman and Nature in Galicia and Ireland” (MINECO-ERDF: FEM2015-66937-P) will present a selection of their work for this project on Ecofeminism and Ecocriticism. Manuela Palacios (USC), coordinator of the project, will introduce the objectives and main results of the research group. Palacios will also present some relevant conclusions of her research on anti- and post-pastoralism in contemporary Irish and Galician literature, as well as on the exploration of hospitable spaces for female agency such as, for instance, the sea.
Margarita Estévez Saá (USC) will talk about “Alice Taylor’s and Sara Baume’s Ethics and Aesthetics of Eco-Caring”. Both Taylor and Baume represent two different generations of Irish women’s writers and their respective literary aesthetics are also ostensibly dissimilar, the former having opted for a more realistic type of narrative while the latter’s fiction is highly experimental. Notwithstanding, both authors deploy in their works a sincere ethics of eco-caring that is materialised in their defense of ecocritical values: their vindication of environmental welfare, equity and justice, and their projection of alternative communities of life which include fields, waters, plants and animals.
The title of Ana Acuña’s (UVigo) talk is “Discursos sobre a desposesión do espazo agrario na literatura galega. Un achegamento” / “Discourses on the Dispossession of Agrarian Space in Galician Literature. A Proposal”. Acuña will base her discussion on a number of central issues in Galician agrarian historiography (ownership, mercantilism, technological renovation…) so as to identify a selection of literary discourses dealing with the dispossession of agrarian space in Galicia (commons, lakes, hamlets…). The literary texts under analysis will engage with those phenomena that have entailed radical changes in lifestyle and, eventually, the dispossession of identity such as massive plantations of eucalyptus, deserted villages, milk quotas, dessication, etc.
Finally, María Xesús Nogueira (USC) will talk about “A natureza agredida na poesía galega actual” / “Ravaged Nature in Today’s Galician Poetry” and, in her analysis of the environmental impact of industrial development, will focus on the following aspects: the construction of dams, the deployment of thermal power plants, and the poetry around the Prestige oil spill.