Indian Ecofeminism in the light of Western Concepts: A Brief Study on Kamala Markandeya Select novels
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 933-936
AbstractLiterature gives a huge scope to study, discuss and understand various layers of practical life reflected in different genres. Generally, it is a belief that the fiction is the powerful driving force to inculcate the ideas of the writer into readers mind. In order to understand the relation between the literary text and connecting the problem discussed in the text with the reader spread a huge debate among the literary circles in India. The critical discourses revolved around ecofeminism, which had its roots in the West, had also marched fast into Indian Writing in English. However, there were a host of Indian women writers who exhibited Ecofeminist identities in their fiction; the present paper tries to project the same in the light of Kamala Markandeya writings like Some Inner Fury (1952), Nectar in a Sieve (1954), A Silence of Desire (1956), A Handful of Rice (1966). This paper also highlights how Markandeya differs from the West in the conceptualization of ecofeminism and established her own ideas. In the process of the discussion, the paper first explores the intricacies of ecofeminsim and then explains the concepts of ecofeminism in the select novels of Markandeya comparing them to the Western critics like Datar, Plumwood V and Warren J K.
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