The Ecocritical Erotic in Marjorie Evasco's "Elemental"

Jose Kervin Cesar B. CALABIAS*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This brief article explores the critical entanglements of nature, matter, and the human body in Marjorie Evasco’s poem “Elemental.” Through ecocritical erotic writing, the text establishes the “trans-corporeal” relationships between human desire and the natural environment, the language of the erotic and the craft of poetry, and the writer and the task of ecofeminist writing. Ultimately, this essay suggests that the text and the author engage with the ba’i as an indigenous source of femininity, charting a direction toward native Philippine ecofeminism.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalAkda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance
Issue number1
Early online dateApr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • ba'i
  • ecocriticism
  • ecofeminism
  • erotica
  • Marjorie Evasco
  • trans-corporeality


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