On Fungi, Future, and Feminism

An Ecofeminist Analysis of M. R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts

  • Leah Heim Ball State University

Abstract

This paper examines M.R. Carey’s fascinating zombie novel, The Girl with All the Gifts. While scholars question whether or not a female-oriented apocalypse narrative can exist, as the
genre is essentially rooted in imbalanced gender dynamics of ancient texts, this paper uses an ecofeminist critique to posit that the zombie apocalypse represented by Carey is a challenge toward the patriarchal values running rampant in the genre. This ecofeminist critique, while superficially offering a comforting message about female empowerment, actually offers a serious warning in regards to the insidious patriarchal structures that facilitate apocalypses.

Published
2018-01-13
How to Cite
Heim, L. (2018). On Fungi, Future, and Feminism: An Ecofeminist Analysis of M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Digital Literature Review, 5, 84-98. https://doi.org/10.33043/DLR.5.0.84-98