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Woman-Nature Interface: An Ecofeminist Study

Woman-Nature Interface: An Ecofeminist Study



Writing a foreword is a tricky enterprise, especially on a book like Woman-Nature Interface: An Ecofeminist Study. Now, we have to begin somewhere and I would like to quote a few sentences from Adrienne Rich’s book On Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. She outlines the, “simple idea that women are as intrinsically human as men, that neither women nor men are merely the enlargement of a contact sheet of genetic encoding, biologically givens. Experience shapes us, randomness shapes us, the stars and weather, our own accommodations and rebellions, above all, the social order around us”.

            Dipak’s book does just that. The collection of essays focuses on studies on ecology with emphasis on global perspectives and environmental activism, apart from woman centered narratives in select female novelists and in other narratives, like ballads of Bengal.  The essays focus on diverse authors like Katherine Mansfield, Sarojini Naidu, Kamala Das, Anita Desai, Roy and several others. However, the nexus between nature and woman had been the focus of ancient Indian literature as is shown in the study of Kalidasa’s Shakuntala. Whereas the character of Shakuntala has been sketched from a natural perspective, Shakespeare’s plays like The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew analyse the woman as well as nature from a male point of view. Such literature has been aptly substantiated by articles on ecofeminism and environmental movements in India and Pakistan in agricultural and economic sectors. There is also a return to historical narratives as well as a fresh insight into the nature versus culture debate within the context of rapid globalization.

            Finally, the author- cum- editor has been quite proficient in recent years with the publication of several books on Indian writing, especially novel and drama within the ambience of postcolonial studies. Collected editions on gender studies, diasporas, homosexuality and transgender issues have been edited by him.

            This book on Woman Nature Interface illustrates how woman centered narratives can be contextualized within the parameters of ecology and environment. The role of the woman becomes amplified in the dialectics between nature and culture. The editor has aptly summarized the rationale of the book in his introduction where he writes that ecology and the woman are burning issues today. The message, which the book conveys can be paralleled by an observation from Vandana Shiva, where she says that the liberation of the earth, the woman, as well as humanity is a step towards freedom and peace. Let us read this book.
Soumyajit Samanta
Retired Professor
North Bengal University
West Bengal

1.      An Ecofeminist Scrutiny of Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Prelude’ - Chinmayee Nanda

2.      Woman and Nature: Exploring the Connections in the Study of Roy’s Folded Earth and Markandya’s Nectar in a Sieve - Sanjukta Bala

3.      Woman-Nature Parallelism: An Ecofeminist Insight into Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain and K. R. Usha’s Monkey Man - Bhaskar Ch. Sarkar & Nabanita Barman

4.      A Multidimensional Projection of Land: A Reading of Gone with the Wind in the light of war  - Mahendran U

5.      In Search of an Abode in Nature: The Theme of Matriarchal Nourishment and the Interference of Patriarchy in Mahua the Gypsy Girl - Jyoti Biswas

6.      In Custody: An Ecofeminist Study - Parimal Kumar

7.      A Re-conceiving and Re-visioning of both the Feminism and the Environmental Ethics as the Power and Promise of Ecofeminism: A Detailed Study Dr. Shantanu Siuli

8.      Women-Nature Affinity in Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain: A Study in Postcolonial Ecofeminist Perspective - Manas Barik

9.      Creator’s Unbearable Hostilities: An Ecofeminist Story Dipika Ghosh

10.  Ecofeminism and Environmental Movements in India: A Theoretical Study - Lucky Dey

            11.  Shakuntala and the Natural Sublime: Representations in Literature and Media - Subhrajit Samanta

12.  Feminization of Agriculture and Its Implications on Economic Well Being of Households - Atanu Ghosh

13.  Social position of Pastoral and Town Working Females in Pakistan - Dr. Mohd. Azam

            14.  An Interfacial Reading of Woman and Nature from Ecofeminist Perspective -Shefali  Sharma and Dr. Uma Mishra

            15.  Historical Responsiveness through Tribal Identity: A Study on Deori Women of North Bank of Brahmaputra Valley in Assam - Guptajit Pathak

16.  A Study of Woman–Nature Similitude in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew - Debasis Samaddar

17.  Ecofeminism in the Poems of Kamala Das and Sarojini Naidu with the five main steams of Ecofeminism -Raghabendra Garai

18.  Impact of Globalization  on Woman and Nature - Biplob Ghosh

19.  Subversion of Gender Binary in Relation to Nature/Culture Dichotomy: An Ecofeminist Study of Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain -Dipak Giri

Notes on Contributors


1.      Chinmayee Nanda is an Assistant Professor of English, KIIT deemed to be University, Odisha and a PhD Research Scholar, Sambalpur University, Odisha.
2.      Sanjukta Bala is an Assistant Professor of English, Basirhat College, Kolkata and a PhD Research Scholar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal.
3.      Bhaskar Ch. Sarkar is an Assistant Professor of English, S. R. Fatepuria College, Beldanga, Murshidabad, West Bengal.
4.      Nabanita Barman is an Assitant Professor of Sanskrit, Dumdum Motijhil College, Kolkata, West Bengal.
5.      Mahendran U is an Assistant Professor of English, Sir Theagaraya College, Washermenpet, Chennai, Tamilnadu.
6.      Jyoti Biswas is an M.Phil scholar, Department of English Studies, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu.
7.      Parimal Kumar is a PhD Research Scholar, Department of Folklore, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal.
8.      Dr. Shantanu Siuli is a PhD Research Scholar of English from SSU, India.
9.      Manas Barik is a Guest Lecturer, Department of English, Narajole Raj College, West Bengal.
10.  Dipika Ghosh is a Guest Lecturer, Department of English, Jamini Majumder Memorial College, Balurghat, D /Dinajpur, West Bengal
11.  Lucky Dey is an M.Phil Scholar in Political Science from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya.
12.  Subhrajit Samanta is a student of Fourth Semester, Bachelor in Media Science, a Content Writer, a Journalist at Inspiria T.V. PR & Corp. Comm. Intern 2019.
13.  Dr. Atanu Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in Economics in Bankura Christian College, Bankura, West Bengal.
14.  Dr. Mohd. Azam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic, BGSB University, Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir.
15.  Shefali Sharma is an Assistant Teacher in St. Maria Convent School, Delhi and a Ph.D Research Scholar, Shri Venkateshwara University, Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh.
16.  Dr. Uma Mishra is an Assistant Professor, Shri Venkateshwara University, Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh.
17.  Guptajit Pathak is an Assistant Professor, Department of History, Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Geetanagar, Guwahati, Assam, India & Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of History, Assam University, Silchar, Assam.
18.  Debasis Samaddar is an Assistant Teacher in English, Chowhatta High School, Labpur, Birbhum, West Bengal.
19.  Raghabendra Garai is a former Guest Lecturer of English in Bikramjeet Goswami Memorial college, Garhjoypur, Purulia, West Bengal.
20.  Biplob Ghosh is an Assistant Teacher in Political Science, Katamari High School (H.S.), Cooch Behar, West Bengal.
21.  Dipak Giri is an Assistant Teacher in English, Katamari High School (H.S.), Cooch Behar, West Bengal and a Ph.D Research Scholar, Raiganj University, Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal.