Postcolonial Ecocritical Reading of Death of a River Guide and Gould’s Book of Fish

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  • Sreelekshmi S Ph. D Research Scholar Sree Kerala Varma College Thrissur, Kerala, India

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https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i2.10448

Abstract

“Boy’s brother George would lay a piece of wet bark down the side of the logs burning in the fire to allow the ants to escape, and only shot just what was needed for his pot (Death of a River Guide 69).â€

Animals have always remained in the periphery of the human world and literature. Eco critics have also focused on animals only to some extent. That is mainly because animals are used as human food. The paper is a postcolonial Eco critical reading of   Death of a River Guide and Gould’s Book of Fish. Flanagan has given due importance to animals in all his novels. Animals are also part of culture of a nation. Australia has vast variety of Flora and Fauna. Flanagan writes about animals peculiar to Australian mainland. The Australian aborigines have lived in close approximation with animals. When the land was colonized, even animals of the land were affected. The paper aims to fill the gap left by Eco critics by analyzing the relationship between animals, nature and characters of the select novels.

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Published

2020-02-28