An Ecocritical Reading of Cynan Jones’s The Long Dry
Keywords:Ecocriticism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, The Long Dry, Cynan Jones
Ecocriticism emerged in the 1900s as an interdisciplinary academic discipline that combines ecology and literature by addressing the causes and consequences of environmental problems. Ecocriticism, which uses literature to shape ecological consciousness, offers a biocentric perspective by considering the concept of humans in a variety of ways. As a result, the formative role that ecocriticism establishes between nature and humans becomes more important. Deep ecology contributes to the development of ecocriticism by examining the relationship between human and non-human nature. Ecofeminism, on the other hand, adds a new perspective to ecocriticism by making investigations related to the relationship between women and nature. In his works dominated by Welsh nature, contemporary Welsh author Cynan Jones deals with the relationships between nature and humans, and nature is presented as a character rather than a background. In doing so, he allows the reader to see the relationship with nature in a broader light. The aim of this study is to examine nature and human relationships in Jones's, a rural-based author, short novel The Long Dry from an ecocritical perspective, as well as to practically address the place of ecocriticism in fiction.
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