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A Feminist Look at Edward Abbey’s Conservationist Writings

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January 2018 marked fifty years since Edward Abbey published his paean to America’s southwestern deserts. In the wake of this anniversary, numerous tributes to Abbey and his books appeared, but few, if any, of these articles looked at Abbey’s work through a feminist lens.

Effects of the Edge

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In Aldo Leopold’s Game Management, published in 1933, he pointed out the overlapping zones between biomes and coined the term "edge effect.” All my life I had lived in those two ecosystems: that of the family I was adopted into, and that of my family of origin.