Reinvigorating Exploration Nature: An of Ecopoetics in Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth

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Title Reinvigorating Exploration Nature: An of Ecopoetics in Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth
 
Creator Thomas, Greenu Ans
 
Subject Ecocriticism, Green Studies, Despotism, Dominion, Symbiosis, Anthropocentrism, Ecocentrism
 
Description The Good Earth (1931) by the American author, Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) is recognised for its predominant theme of the nourishing power of the land. Buck’s novel situates this universal theme within the context of traditional Chinese culture. Wang Lung, a farmer, has an intimate relationship with the earth because he produces his harvest through his own labour. Buck suggests that Wang Lung’s reverence for nature is responsible for his inner goodness, as well as for his increasing material success, and that the decadent, wasteful ways of the wealthy are due to their estrangement from the land. Buck also suggests throughout the book that while human success is transitory, the earth endures forever. These ideas about the earth give the novel its title.
The novel is recognised for its glorification of land and soil as the foundation of life. Throughout the novel, a connection to the land is associated with moral piety, good sense, respect for nature, and a strong work ethic, while alienation from the land is associated with decadence and corruption. This paper is an attempt to offer viable alternatives to reconstitute ecocritical ideas in The Good Earth and to evaluate them in terms of their coherence and usefulness as responses to the worsening environmental crisis.
 
Publisher Smart Moves
 
Date 2021-05-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/11046
10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11046
 
Source SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH ; Vol. 9 No. 5 (2021): May ; 81-94
2582-3574
2582-4406
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/11046/9159
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Greenu Ans Thomas
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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