Écocide et déshumanisation: pour une lecture écocritique des miracles relatifs de Nancy Huston

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Ecological threats are one of the major worries of our times. Human beings are becoming aware of their responsibility for the destruction of the world which surrounds them. The interest in these questions of the environment and ecology is widely present within contemporary fiction. Interrogations on the relationships people have with planet earth arise in it continuously and move progressively from an anthropocentric vision to an ecocentric perception of the literary object. This is the case of the French-Canadian author Nancy Huston. In her novel, Le club des miracles relatifs (2016), she depicts a dehumanised world and a slaughtered nature in a sort of ecologic dystopia, in which she denounces the exploitation of the deposits of bituminous sands in Canada, and presents us annihilated human beings, who have destroyed their own planet. In this article, I aim at presenting an ecocritical approach on the novel, with the purpose of analysing the narrative techniques used on the representation of the ties between humans and the planet they live on. Furthermore, I will look into the relationships between environmental consciousness and literary aesthetics, as well as into the connection between existential crises and the contemporary ecologic calamities.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)416-424
Number of pages9
JournalContemporar French and Francophone Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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