Environmental Criticism In Raymond Williams's The Coffer Dams

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From the standpoint of Environmental Critics, Culture, is viewed as a network of neighbourhoods or communities that is rooted and tended. Culture doesn’t segregate Nature; culture is an entity of nature as well. Probably the diverse views of nature, industrialisation , may differ and that differentiation is plunged in The Coffer Dams. The vast difference in development between the East and the West from the point of nature, being a point of culture , thereby leading the East to be the supreme and the West backlogged is quite picturesquely described in the novella. The element of river is merely viewed as a thing of subjugation depicting mechanical strength through human power to out rule nature between the chaos of the sacredness and modernity.
Keywords: Culture, nature, industrialisation, river, modernity
Earlier Culture was defied to be a noun of process: the tending of something, basically crops or animals”, or “skilled human activities through which non-human nature is encompassed and transformed”. One of the marks of the culture of environmental criticism today is that the place of culture in relation to nature. Ecocritics like Snyder and Berry redefine culture and cultural practices so as to reconnect them more closely with nature. Hence Raymond Williams rightly calls culture “one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language”. The novel depicts the theme of industrialism versus nativism; machines versus nature; humans versus machines,

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