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The imagery of nature in the prose works of K. Paustovsky

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dc.contributor.advisor Krzychylkiewicz, Agatha Kramer, Karen Etresia Helena 2012-12-14T06:00:48Z 2012-12-14T06:00:48Z 2012-12-14 2012-06
dc.identifier.citation Kramer, Karen Etresia Helena (2012) The imagery of nature in the prose works of K. Paustovsky, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description 1 online resource (181 leaves) en
dc.description.abstract This study relies on ecocriticism as the discipline benefitting the analysis of the imagery of nature in Konstantin Paustovsky’s prose. The objective of this approach is to demonstrate that Paustovsky’s prose goes beyond of what was expected from a Soviet writer by the socialist realist dogma. This thesis attempts to prove that an ecocritical approach validates his prose as being universal in its message and thus relevant to contemporary readers. Scholars of ecocriticism ask the following questions when analysing a nature-orientated prose: what values are expressed in nature-orientated literature, does the portrayal of nature reflects the cultural values of a nation as well as the way in which a person’s interaction with his natural environment enhances or hampers his spiritual development. The timeframe, within which Paustovsky wrote his prose, should be taken into account, because it coincides with the Lenin and Stalin regimes, when any criticism of the government including its nature conservation policies was impossible. The analysis of attitudes of the Russian people towards nature in Paustovksy’prose demonstrates that it evolved from the acceptance of the official stand to the one of criticism. This research resulted in the following conclusions: Firstly Paustovsky’s view with regard to ecological problems and his solutions to these problems are on par with those of modern ecologists. The writer, for example, proposes a holistic way to undertake nature conservation, such as replacing ruined forests by the same type of trees, not interfering in the cycles of nature and stresses the importance of scientific information on how to care of the natural environment. Secondly, it is through his presentation of nature that the author familiarises the reader with the essence of the Russian culture, which is totally intertwined with the manifestations of Russian nature, such as folklore, superstitions, cultural traditions and values attached to certain animals and trees Thirdly, it has been established that the ‘external’ natural landscape of a person namely his environment, undoubtedly influences his ‘internal landscape’, his psyche. This implies that the natural environment of a person will have an influence on his psychological make-up. It is assumed that this study, in particular the use of ecocriticism as a tool to analyse literature where nature plays a role, will shed new light on the role of nature in Russian prose. This is especially the case with regard to the way in which ecological issues such as nature conservation are treated. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Anthropocentric en
dc.subject Bio-centric en
dc.subject Biosphere en
dc.subject Communism en
dc.subject Ecocriticism en
dc.subject Ecological ethics en
dc.subject Ecological holism en
dc.subject Ecosophy en
dc.subject Environmental awareness en
dc.subject Inner landscape en
dc.subject Literature of place en
dc.subject Natural environment en
dc.subject Outer landscape en
dc.subject Paustovsky en
dc.subject Socialist realism en
dc.subject.ddc 891.734
dc.subject.lcsh Paustovsky, Konstantin, 1892-1968 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Ecocriticism
dc.subject.lcsh Ecology -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Biosphere -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Communism -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Ecology -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Russian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
dc.title The imagery of nature in the prose works of K. Paustovsky en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Classics and World Languages en D. Litt. et Phil. (Russian)

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