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Ecological Reflection on Afro-American Traditional Culture

Author: WangJinJun
Tutor: ChenYuZuo
School: Ningbo University
Course: English Language and Literature
Keywords: Toni Morrison Tar Baby Black traditional culture Ecological Criticism Cultural Ecology
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Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2008
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Abstract


The black nationalist movement in the 1960s for African-Americans to fight on the political and economic independence, however, they gradually became aware of the improvement of material life along with spiritual and cultural emptiness and confusion. In order to survive, many African-Americans chose the white culture, but \abandon the in rustic traditional cultural heritage of Africa. Concern for the plight of African-American culture prompted Tony? Morrison 's novel \Morrison's own upbringing as well as the experience of editing to make her aware of the importance of traditional African culture, but also inspired her to strive for the protection and spread it. In this paper, the concept of ecological criticism and Steward cultural ecology to interpret the \In the works, she tried to praise the concept of caring for nature in traditional African culture, and condemned the white culture unlimited conquer and transform the nature of the ideological. \Morrison also by the hero Jieding as the assimilation of white culture attitudes and behavior towards nature and traditional African culture and to expose and criticize the white culture of the consequences of to stifle traditional African culture. Paper the white candy magnate Valley even use weapons of modern civilization freely modified to the domain an island in the Caribbean, destruction of the natural environment, has also led to the fragmentation of their own families. However, the incarnation of the traditional African culture Sen came to this \He saved the valley even plants cultivated in a greenhouse, exposing the nature of the relationship of everyone on the island, Jieding aware of their \to find their own happiness.

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