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Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

Volume 5, Issue 12, Spring 2010

Colin Irvine
Pages 23-27
DOI: 10.5840/jphilnepal201051214

A Land-Based Approach to Postcolonial, Post-Modern Novels

With an eye on how post-colonial novels by authors Chinua Achebe and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o address aesthetic and environmental problems that preceded the Modern period, the intent of this essay is to emphasize how their fiction connects readers with a pre-industrial, premodern, and, strangely enough, radically new ways of thinking about books and the living world beyond them. To this end, the essay looks at this non-western literature through the lens of ecologist Aldo Leopold’s land-based ideas regarding epistemology, ethics, and ecology.

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