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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.001.0001

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Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises

Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises

Reading the Politics of Survival in Mahasweta Devi’s “Dhowli”

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(p.136) 6 Forest Fictions and Ecological Crises
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Postcolonial Ecologies
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Jennifer Wenzel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Bengali writer and activist Mahasweta Devi and her inscription of arboriculture in India. Drawing from Vandana Shiva’s argument about the privatization of natural resources under the mantle of economic development, it examines Devi’s short stories and contemporary ecocriticism in which ecological crisis plays an indispensable role. It also considers Devi’s depiction of the exchange of trees and women’s bodies for capital, arguing that sex work is the rationalized equivalent to the privatization of nature and as the alternative to its genocidal consequences. Finally, the chapter explores the “politics of survival” and highlights the need for a broader agenda of global environmental justice.

Keywords:   arboriculture, India, Mahasweta Devi, privatization, Vandana Shiva, ecocriticism, ecological crisis, nature, politics of survival, environmental justice

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