Anna Maguire is a PhD student in American Literature and Associate Tutor in the School of English at University of Sussex. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Loughborough University, and her Master's degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she also held a teaching assistantship. Anna's research is in contemporary American women's writing, looking at representations of nature in the domestic novel. She is interested in the boundary between indoors and outdoors and the interplay between home and natural environment. Her work considers the environmental concerns of the contemporary domestic novel by writers such as Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley, in parallel to nineteenth century works by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Book Review: Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth edited by Carol J. Adams and Lori Gruen

In the centrefold photograph from a pig farmer’s magazine, entitled “Ursula Hamdress,” a seemingly unconscious, pale-skinned pig in panties reclines on a sofa, with red-painted trotters parted. This shocking image, a conflated objectification of both woman and animal, stands as a central example of the concerns of Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth. Continue reading