Rachel Carson and Barbara Kingsolver were both trained as scientists and may be expected to embrace the rationalist, mechanical view of nature as something separate from, and perhaps even inferior to, the world of humans. Yet these two women both promoted a more complex approach to modernism's scientific paradigm in which nature is not merely a separate entity for dispassionate study but also an integral part of the human community. Both women display in their rhetorical choices a keen understanding of the language of community and interconnection, and their language and writing styles constantly promote the reintegration of humans and the natural world.
Magee, Richard M. "Reintegrating Human and Nature: Modern Sentimental Ecology in Rachel Carson and Barbara Kingsolver.” Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, and Literature. Ed. Douglas A. Vakoch. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.