The Interpretation of Literary Images of Feminized Nature From the Perspective of Ecofeminism

Abstract

In this paper, I will compare the gendered landscape or the image of feminized nature in Wordsworth�fs poem �gNutting�h to Whitman�fs �gPioneers! O Pioneers�h and Cather�fs �gO Pioneers! �hfrom the perspective of ecofeminism. Ecofeminism is one of the most important concepts in ecocriticism, which shares the same characteristics as ecocriticism and concerned more with the interrelation between women and nature. By close reading and textual analysis of the description of nature in these works, it can be found, although the three works do not have any relation, nature in these three works is all described and implicated as female. However, there are differences in the image of nature in these three works as well, for instance, human�fs behavior is more active or consciously and aggressive in �gNutting�h and �gPioneers! O Pioneers�h, whereas in Cather�fs �gO Pioneers! �h, the image of nature is more extensive or various and shares more on the power of discourse. What�fs more, the different ways of dealing with the image of nature between male writers and female writers can be found as well. In addition, by making reference on Carolyn Merchant�fs The Death of Nature, I also concern more about the cultural and symbolic meaning of how the feminized nature is represented in literary works, how the images of feminized nature reflects the cultural connection between women and nature, and how the way we describe the image of nature in novels or poems reflects human�fs attitude to nature.



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Fangyuan Xi, Tohoku University, Japan

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Conference: LibEuro2014
Stream: Literature - Comparative Literature

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