Folktales in India have been told, heard, read and celebrated for many centuries. In breaking new ground, Indian folktales have been reread and examined in the light of the Mother Earth discourse as it manifests in the lifeworlds of women, nature and language. The book introduces ecofeminist criticism and situates it within an invative folktale typology to connect women and environment through folklore. The book proposes an invative paradigm inspired by the beehive to analyze motifs, relationships, concerns, worldviews and consciousness of indigeus women and men who live close to nature as well as other socially marginalized groups. In the current global context fraught with challenges for ecology and hopes for sustainable development, this book with its interdisciplinary approach will interest scholars and researchers of literature, environmental studies, gender studies and cultural anthropology.
P. Mary Vidya Porselvi is Assistant Professor of English, Loyola College, Chennai, India, and was previously Lecturer in the Department of English at Stella Maris College (2000-03), Chennai. She obtained her BA, MA and PhD degrees from Stella Maris College, and recently completed the University Grants Commission project 'Translation of Folktales with Ecofeminist Concerns from Tamil to English'. She has authored two English workbooks: Affirmative Words and Radiant Expressions (2012) and Cornucopia: English Language Learning through World Folklore (2013).
P. Mary Vidya Porselvi
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