Magic language, esoteric nature
Rikki Ducornet’s surrealist ecology
in Surrealist women’s writing
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This chapter considers the fiction of Rikki Ducornet from an ecocritical perspective. Focusing in particular on the novels The Stain (1984), Entering Fire (1986), The Jade Cabinet (1993), and Phosphor in Dreamland (1995), this chapter argues that Ducornet’s writings engage occult knowledge systems in order to present an ecological and non-anthropocentric worldview in which nature and different lifeforms are deeply interconnected. Positioning Ducornet’s narratives in the context of surrealism’s ecological imperative, this chapter urges us, through Ducornet, to turn our careful attention to the interplay and language of humans, animals, and nature in a broader sense.

Surrealist women’s writing

A critical exploration

Editor: Anna Watz

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