Woman-Nature affinity in Desai's Where Shall We Go This Summer: An Ecofeminist A..

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Abstract

This research paper focuses on the images extracted from natural phenomena in Anita Desai's Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1982), to illustrate the pros and cons of patriarchal society's marginalization and alienation of women in today's world. The article exposes the deep hidden meanings of natural imagery through a feministic sensibility. Desai uses natural and animal elements to create a metaphoric picture of an archetypal feminine figure that works on two levels at the same time. At a primary level, this technique of inserting natural images at various points throughout the novel aims to heighten the magnitude and intensity of the mental and spiritual agony of a victimized woman who faces domestic violence, male oppression, and female suppression while on a secondary level, the role of these images helps the women in the catharsis of that pain, distress, and anguish which is the result of the rejection of her husband and society as a whole. Karen Warren’s theory of Eco feminism which regards both women and nature as oppressed objects, is applied for the purpose of research methodology. This research aims to overturn oppressive patriarchal practices by bringing women and ecology from the margins to the forefront

Authors

1-Arshad Nawaz
Lecturer, Department of English, Government College University Faisalabad, Sub-Campus Hafizabad, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Nimra Iftikhar
M.Phil in English, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Ruqayya Maqbool
M.Phil in English, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Keywords

Woman, Nature, Feminism, Ecology, Ecofeminism

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2021(VI-I).27


Page Nos

248-253

Volume & Issue

VI - I

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Published: 03 2021

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