2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

An Ecofeminist and Ecocritical Analysis of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things
Charundi K. Panagoda
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Arundhati Roy very consciously portrays the scenery of the village Ayemenem in her novel The God of Small Things, describing both the picturesque beauty of the landscape and its subsequent degradation through decades of human intervention. The destruction of nature emphasizes and reflects the moral corruption of characters in the larger narrative. The river Meenachal that runs through the village and the landmark "History House" are focal points in depicting ecological abuse in conjunction with Ammu and Velutha's characters' symbolization of gender and class discrimination in Kerala. In this paper, I will draw on ecocritical and ecofeminist approaches to analyze the representation of the environment in The God of Small Things.

Keywords: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things , Ecofeminism, Ecocriticism , Environment , Kerala, South Indian literature, Ecology

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 1:30

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