International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Chenjerai Hove’s Environmental Sensibilities: Ecocritical Readings of Bones (1988) and Ancestors (1996)
Tendai M. L. Njanji (Ms)

The study explores the sensibilities of Chenjerai Hove to the ecological environment in his writings Bones (1988) and Ancestors (1993).This is done through an analysis of the representations of the environment in both works of fiction. The study finds its gap from other critics who have studied Hove-(Veit-Wild(1992); Engelke(1998); Zhuwarara (2001); Primorac (2006) in that while their main focus was on the land issue in these works and on the war of liberation, this study looks at his (Hove) representation of the ecological environment as custodian of human, animal as well as plant life and how these work together both positively and negatively as depicted by Hove. The theory that informs this study is ecocriticism which is the study of the relationship between literature and the environment.

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