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Anti-Cynaco; Anti-PR

The ending line of All Over Creation is “Thanks to all who save and plant.  May your gardens grow” (420).  I believe that All Over Creation shows the many different facets of environmentalists’ rhetoric without taking a strong side one … Continue reading

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The Lack of Transnationalism in All Over Creation

In a sub-point within Heise’s “Ecocriticism and the Transnational Turn in American Studies,” she asserts that novels such as Ozeki’s All Over Creation “tend to rely on the assumption that cultural and biological diversity refer to analogous structures in social … Continue reading

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Good and Bad in establishing Eco-Criticism

Ozeki’s All Over Creation is an entertaining novel. A quick read, which when compared to Animal’s journey in Animal’s People, took nowhere near the toll on me. Beyond the entertainment value, however is there more to this novel? Does this … Continue reading

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Motivation

My post concerns not whether Ozeki has an agenda in writing All Over Creation (I think it’s too obvious she does) but rather how she feels about the concept of motivation in the GMO debate. In the book, two motivations … Continue reading

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Chaos of Explosion Blurs Boundaries

Sinha represents the disastrous effects of the chemical explosion at the factory in Khaufpur by conflating humans, animals, natural environment, and man-made structures. The protagonist, Animal, is a conflation of the human and non-human, but his is not the only … Continue reading

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Fiction As a Vehicle For Criticism

There are a lot of striking images and ideas in the beginning of ‘Animal’s People.’ I probably wasn’t the only person in class who visited www.khaufpur.com after Sinha directed the reader to the website, a notably modern technique, linking a … Continue reading

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Humor Lightens the Darkness

Animal’s People covers immensely dark and tragic subjects, such as the crippling of Animal’s back, the brain damage Ma Franci appears to be suffering from, the existence and plight of the Khã-in-the-Jar, and the overall poor condition of the people … Continue reading

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This post has nothing to do with Environmentalism

I don’t know if this is kosher to talk about but it’s something that really caught my attention. As we all know the city of Khaufpur is a fictionalization of the real life city of Bhopal. Likewise the characters are … Continue reading

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Nature Reclaiming the Land

One of the passages in the reading that really stuck out to me as interesting came fairly early on in the novel. Around page 31, Animal talks about how Mother Nature is trying to take back the land in and … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be human?

A passage that really struck me is on the bottom of page 23 where Animal claims that he’s not a human being.  This is the beginning of the debate between Animal and Zafar about what it means to be a … Continue reading

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Silko’s choice of form

To begin, I want to step back from the content of the story and focus on the form in which Silko chooses to write and compile “Ceremony.” I have come to notice over the years that how an author chooses … Continue reading

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Separation of Man and His Needs For the Benefit of the Whole?

In Ceremony, on page 10, the narrator illustrates an important memory of Tayo’s in which jungle rain becomes a futile source of agony and defeat prompting Tayo in desperation to pray its existence away in order to save Rocky.  The … Continue reading

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The Fluidity of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Language

“He walked down floors that smelled of old wax and disinfectant, watching the outlines of his feet; as he walked, the days and seasons disappeared into a twilight at the corner of his eyes, a twilight he could catch only … Continue reading

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The Gallup Ceremonial

While reading Ceremony, I struggled to find a topic that I felt was relevant to a class called Environmental Fiction and Criticism. I ended up plucking nature-related quotes and puzzling over how any of them could provide enough content for … Continue reading

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Characters and Nature

To get things rolling with this first blog I want to look at the relationships between characters in the novel and nature. I know on some level this seems to be the easy way out, however I feel it’s not … Continue reading

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