Ecofeminism in Thea Astley’s Drylands

Xiuqing Zhang

Abstract


Australian multi-award-winning novelist Thea Astley was a great writer in promoting feminism and ecofeminism in her later years’ writing. This paper analyzes her fourth Miles Franklin award novel — Drylands from the perspective of ecofeminism. From analysis, it draws a conclusion that Astley makes a lot of efforts to raise readers’ awareness that her women characters’ liberation depends on their economic independence but it will be a hard and long way to achieve the final emancipation of women and total equality between women and men.

Keywords


Drylands, Ecofeminism, Emancipation of Women, Women’s Self-value, Woman’s Place

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.11n.3p.42

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