Une lecture écocritique de Marguerite Yourcenar

  1. Teófilo Sanz Hernández
Ecozon@ [Ecozona]: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment

ISSN: 2171-9594

Year of publication: 2010

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 162-166

Type: Article

DOI: 10.37536/ECOZONA.2010.1.1.335 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_opene_Buah editor

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The Belgian-French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar is a rare example of an established literary figure whose writing in French cries out for ecocritical attention. Discovering environmental pollution and destruction as an issue in the late 1950s, when she went to live in the USA, Yourcenar became an active supporter of conservationist and animal rights initiatives, and began to express her commitment to reconciliation between humans, non-human life and the inanimate environment in her fiction and critical essays on French literature. A fascination with pristine wilderness speaks from her last novel, published in 1982, whose protagonist relinquishes human individuality to become one with sublime nature.

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