IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(4): 156-163 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.4.87

Exploring Representations of Nature in Literature: Ecocritical Themes in the Fiction of Satur Apoyon

Khareen B. Culajara
Abstract—The study explores how the Filipino writer Satur Apoyon reveals not just multiple representations of nature, but also relevant ecocritical issues that we are facing today in his collection of short stories, Ang Gakit ni Noebong Ug Ubang Mga Sugilanon. The analysis is carried out through the lens of ecocriticism particularly using the 3-step ecocritical approach by Glotfelty (1996) to find various representations of nature, the ecocritical issues embedded in the author’s narratives, and the counterviews about the relationship between nature and humanity that are elicited in the work. An ecocritical analysis of his work reveals themes such as nature as destroyer, nature as the cause of suffering, nature as abode of the gods, nature as mysterious and elusive, and nature as feminized and ‘sexualized’. Satur Apoyon invites his readers for a more environmentally-conscious thinking by highlighting anthropocentric thinking, human hierarchy and exceptionism, and aggressive attitude towards nature as some of the few causes as to why environmental crisis exists.

Index Terms—Ecocriticism, Glotfelty, nature, textual analysis

Khareen B. Culajara is with the Department of Arts and Sciences, University of Mindanao Digos College, Davao del Sur, Philippines 8002 (e-mail: khareen17@gmail.com).

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Cite:Khareen B. Culajara, "Exploring Representations of Nature in Literature: Ecocritical Themes in the Fiction of Satur Apoyon," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 156-163, 2016.

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