Ecocritical reflections in Jeanette Winterson’s the stone gods and Maggie Gee’s the ice people: redefining the center in relation to margins through ecological thinking

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2014
Topsakal, Gülşat
The aim of this study is to analyse Maggie Gee’s The Ice People and Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods from posthumanist ecocritical perspectives regarding their approaches to the culture/nature dichotomy and the human relation to culture and nature. It is argued that in both novels the human is not represented as the master of the environment but only as a part of it. Both novels foreground exploitative systems that devalue nature and socially underprivileged humans who have greater risks of exposition to environmentally degraded spaces and deconstruct the notion of the center by rendering it fluid and interchangeable with its margins.