Ecofeminism By Kamala Markandaya Critical Analysis

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Ecofeminism is a term believed to be coined by the French writer Francoise d’Eaubonne in her book Feminisme Ou La mort (feminism or death). Ecofeminism interprets the connection between women and nature. Ecofeminism brings to light , women’s repression and exploitation in terms of the repression and exploitation of the environment women and nature are believed to be correlated through their shared history of oppression by a patriarchal society. Vandana Shiva claim that women have a unique bond with the environment through their daily interactions and this connection has been ignored. She says women “have been experts in their own right of holistic and ecological knowledge of processes. Ecofeminism brings forth to light the connections between women and nature that is more closer than that of the men. The rural women seem to have closer relationship with the land and other natural resources which promotes a new culture of respectful use and preservation of natural resources and the environment. The disrespect of natural materials under qualitative or quantitative…show more content…
One of the most prominent writer is Kamala Markandaya, she analysis the relationship between her female protagonist and the environment highlighting the ambiguous relationship women have with nature and their immediate environment. In the novel, Nectar in a sieve, the author portraits the darker shades of nature and the simultaneous conjunction of the darker aspects of women. The crisis of identity of the women is mediated through the land - metaphorically and literally. Rukmani the protagonist of the novel along with her family nearly starved to death when nature is unpredictable. There is drought and while Rukmani faces so much calamities, the daughter Ira is forced into prostitution to help the family to

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