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Worlds of Amitav Ghosh and Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai- Ecological Archetypes in the Select Novels

By: S. Karunya.
Publisher: Online International Interdisciplinary Research Journal Description: Volume-V, Issue-III, May-June 2015 Issue.Subject(s): ECOCRITICISM; GREEN DENSITY; CHEMMEEN CRITICISMOnline resources: Click here to access online Summary: In the words of Glotfelty, ecocriticism takes an earth-centered approach to literary studies that have one foot in literature and the other on land. In ecology, everything is connected to everything else—it is a web of life. It gives human beings a better understanding of nature. Human beings are co-dependent on nature. The present article explores the ecological archetypes that are traced in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s Chemmeen. Both the writers explicates about a specific place and its inhabitants, the coast and the fishermen. In both the selected novels the sea and the river is worshipped as the ultimate force. These novels talk in length about living in harmony with nature. These novels paint a poignant portrait of the landscape and archetype of the two diverse places.
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In the words of Glotfelty, ecocriticism takes an earth-centered approach to literary
studies that have one foot in literature and the other on land. In ecology, everything is
connected to everything else—it is a web of life. It gives human beings a better
understanding of nature. Human beings are co-dependent on nature. The present article
explores the ecological archetypes that are traced in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide
and Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s Chemmeen. Both the writers explicates about a
specific place and its inhabitants, the coast and the fishermen. In both the selected novels
the sea and the river is worshipped as the ultimate force. These novels talk in length
about living in harmony with nature. These novels paint a poignant portrait of the
landscape and archetype of the two diverse places.

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