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Singing on the Wasteland

Author WangYing
Tutor LiuGuoQing
School Northeast Normal University
Course English Speech and Literature
Keywords The Grass Is Singing Eco-criticism Equality and Harmony
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Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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There is no doubt that Doris Lessing (1919- ), one of the most productive, creative and controversial evergreen trees, is considered as the most important female writer of the United Kingdom after Virginia Woolf. She covers almost all the important topics in the 20th century in her works, and what she most concerns about is the theme of human nature and human existence. She delicately demonstrates characters’personalities, interprets the inner world of human beings from new perspectives, and solicitously cares about the inner world of human beings, in order to expose and publicize human nature.Her debut, The Grass Is Singing, showing the world the real colonial life in Africa by a story happened on the African continent, reveals the distorted, abandoned and alienated human nature under the weight of colonialism, and eulogizes the eternal theme of human pursuing a better life. Critics analyze and interpret The Grass Is Singing in different perspectives.With psychoanalysis and post-colonialism deconstructing The Grass Is Singing as reference sources, I mainly use eco-criticism to re-examine the conflicts in the novel between human and nature, between human and human, and between human and their own spiritual world. In this thesis, I analyze the novel from the aspects of the natural ecological crises on the wasteland in Chapter 1, the socio-ecological crises on the wasteland in Chapter 2 and the spiritual ecological crises on the wasteland in Chapter 3. And then I discuss Doris Lessing’s early ecological thoughts that she calls for the equality and harmony between human and nature, between human and human, between human and their own spiritual world, so as to explore Lessing’s ultimate concern to human existence.

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