Queer/Ecology Resources

Let us queer ecology and bring ecological to the queer.  This resource list intentionally spans a variety of fields, disciplines, and genres.  Consider this a pollination site more than a distillation center.

Much of list was originally compiled by Kyle Bladow, Jill E. Anderson, and others via the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Listserv.

Please contact me with additional resources to add to this list.  And for more online resources, check out my link page.

Ecocriticism, Queer Theory, and Queer Ecology
Abelove, Henry. “From Thoreau to Queer Politics.” Yale Journal of Criticism_ 6.2 (1993): 17-27.

Butler, Judith. (Generally.)

Casid, Jill. Introduction. Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2005.

Dean, Tim. “Gay Ecology,” pp. , Chapter 4, “Safe-Sex Education and the Death Drive”
Beyond Sexuality. Chicago: U Chicago, 2000. 154-162

“Desiring Nature, Queering Ethics: Adventures in Erotogenic Environments.” Environmental Ethics 23 (2001):

Dempsey, Shawna, and Millan, Lorri. Lesbian National Parks and Services: Field Guide to North America.
Toronto: Pedlar P, 2002. (See also http://criticalspatialpractice.blogspot.com/2007/12/lesbian-national-

Edelman, Lee. No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive.

Elia, John P. “Queering Relationships: Toward a Paradigmatic Shift.” Journal of

Evans, Mei Mei. “Queer(y)ing Nature.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 7.1 (2005): 27-35.

Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity. Ed. Julia Epstein
and Kristina Straub. New York:
Routledge, 1992. 329-50.

Hall, Lee. “Reflections on the Masculine Hegemon: A Reply to Richard Twine.” Ecofem.org 2005 (http://

Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness: see Chapter 3, “Spoiled Identity: Radclyffe Hall’s Unwanted

Haraway, Donna. (Generally.)

Heller, Chaia. Ecology of Everyday Life: Rethinking the Desire for Nature. Montreal, London, and Tonawanda,
NY: Black Rose, 1999. (See review at http://www.ecopsychology.org/journal/gatherings6/html/Overview/
overview_eelife.html and interview at http://www.anarchiststudies.org/perspectives/6Chaia.htm)

Herring, Scott. “Out of the Closets, Into the Woods: RFD, Country Women, and the Post-Stonewall Emergence of
Queer Anti-urbanism.” American Quarterly 59 (2007): 341-72.

Herring, Scott. “Another Country: Queer Anti-urbanism. New York: New York U, 2010.

Hird, Myra J. “Naturally Queer.” Feminist Theory 5.1 (2004): 85-9.

“Lavender’s Green? Some Thoughts on Queer(y)ing Environmental Politics.” Undercurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 6 (1994): 20-4.

Lee, Wendy Lynne and Laura M. Dow. “Queering Ecological Feminism: Erotophobia, Commodification, Art, and
Lesbian Identity.” Ethics & the Environment 6.2 (2001): 1-21.

Love, Heather. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History. Cambridge: Harvard U, 2007.

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place, and Gender. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press, 1994.

McDowell, Linda. Gender, Identity and Place: Understanding Feminist Geographies. Minneapolis: U of
Minneapolis Press, 1999.

—, ed. Undoing Place? A Geographical Reader. London: Arnold, 1997.

Mortimer-Sandilands, Catriona. “Desiring Nature, Queering Ethics: Adventures in Erotogenic
Environments.” Environmental Ethics 23.2 Summer 2001: 169-188.

—. “Eco Homo: Queering the Ecological Body Politic.” Social Philosophy Today 19 (2003): no pag.

—. “From Unnatural Passions to Queer Nature.” Alternatives Journal 27.3 (2001): 30-5.

—.  The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and the Quest for Democracy. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1999.

—. “The Importance of Reading Queerly: Jewett’s Deephaven as Feminist Ecology.” Interdisciplinary Studies in
Literature and the Environment 11.2 (2004): 57-77.

—. “Queering Ecocultural Studies.” Cultural Studies, 22.3 (2008): 455-76.

—. “Unnatural Passions? Notes Toward a Queer Ecology.” Invisible Culture: an Electronic Journal for Visual
Culture 2005.

Rose, Gillian. Feminism & Geography: The Limits of Geographical Knowledge. Minneapolis: University of
Minnesota Press, 1993.

Rotello, Gabriel. Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men. New York: Dutton, 1997.

Scharff, Virginia, ed. Seeing Nature Through Gender. Lawrence, KS: U P of Kansas, 2003.

Seymour, Nicole. Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination. 2013. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield, IL.

Shuttleton, David. “The Queer Politics of Gay Pastoral.” De-centring Sexualities: Politics and Representation
Beyond the Metropolis. Ed. Richard Phillips,Diane Watt and David Shuttleton. London: Routledge, 2000.

Spanier, Bonnie B. “‘Lessons’ from ‘Nature’: Gender Ideology and Sexual Ambiguity in
Biology.” Body

Stein, Rachel, ed. New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism. Piscataway, NJ:
Rutgers UP, 2004.

Stephens, Elizabeth. “Becoming Ecosexual” Canadian Theatre Review: Theatre in an Age of Eco-Crisis, Fall, 2010.

Sturgeon, Noël. Ecofeminist Natures: Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action. New York: Routledge,

Warner, Michael. Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1993.

Warner, Michael. “Thoreau’s Bottom.” Raritan. 11.3 (Winter 1992): 53-79.

Evolution, Behavioral Evolution, and Sexual Selection
Darwin, Charles. “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.” Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1872.

Darwin, Charles. “The Origin of Species.” 1859.

Haynes, Todd. Safe. 1995.

Lee, Ang. Brokeback Mountain. 2005.

Proulx, Annie. “Brokeback Mountain.” Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories. London, New York, Toronto and Sydney: Harper Perennial. 2006.

Feinberg, Leslie. Stone Butch Blues: A Novel. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand, 1993.

Jackson, Shelley. Half Life: A Novel. Harper Perennial, 2007.

Clare, Eli. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. Cambridge, MA: South End P, 1999.

Doty, Mark. Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Grover, Jan Zita. North Enough: AIDS and Other Clear-Cuts. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf P, 1997.

Jarman, Derek. Modern Nature: Journals of Derek Jarman. New York: Vintage, 1992.

Non-Heteronormative Sexuality and Gender among other species
Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance: Animal homosexuality and natural diversity.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People. Berkeley and LA:
U of California P, 2004.

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition. New York: Penguin Group 1986

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