By Sidney I. Dobrin
Examines the relationships among language and nature.
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12–13) This is particularly true as we engage ecocomposition as a method for introducing students to various writing scenarios in various environments. Quite frequently, when students or other writers enter into a web, it is difﬁcult for them to create enough disturbance to shake the web. Instead, environments often subsume organisms into the ecosystems to maintain operational integrity. Approaching hegemony as an environmental structure can shed a good deal of light on ways in which environments can maintain particular relationships in order to retain its structure.
This call to action grows from the fact that many ecofeminist concerns evolved from a variety political concerns ranging from issues of health, technology, animal rights, antinuclear movements, and so on. One of the most signiﬁcant aspects of ecocomposition is its dedication to various aspects of public intellectualism. A primary motivation for many scholars working in ecocomposition is the degree to which it negotiates issues that have real global implications. Without question, ecocomposition ﬁnds many important connections with ecofeminism, and ecocomposition aligns itself with many of the agendas of ecofeminism.
Certainly, ecocomposition sees personal experiences crucial to the ecomposition agenda as does ecofeminism. For ecocompositionists, separating personal experiences in any environment are inseparable from the experience of writing. All writing grows from personal encounters with environment. Environment is, after all, context. While ecocomposition situates itself in the social constructionist camp and identiﬁes that writing is a social process and that all knowledges are created socially (including nature), it also identiﬁes that personal awareness and experience of environments—natural and human-made—are necessary in order to produce successful writing.