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Sensibilités animales
Animal Sensibilities

Maurice Genevoix’s Bestiaire enchanté through Ecopoetic Reading

Author(s): Aleksandra Komandera
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: animal sensibility; Bestiaire enchanté; Maurice Genevoix; ecopoetics; environmental literature
Summary/Abstract: The aim of the present article is to verify if ecopoetic approach is possible to be applied to Maurice Genevoix’s book Bestiaire enchanté. Firstly, we will provide theoretical context, based on the waves visible in the development of ecocriticism, then we will try to interpret Genevoix’s text in their perspective. We will discuss techniques the author uses to depict rural environment and relations between humans and nature, built apparently on admiration and respect. We will also study methods by which Genevoix expresses complexity and sumptuousness of nature, and examine how he deals with the silence of animals. We will conclude by answering the questions whether Genevoix manages, or not, to escape anthropological point of view while writing about nature.

  • Page Range: 167-178
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: French