An Ecofeminist Study of Saul Bellow’s Herzog

WANG Miaomiao, CHEN Rumeng


Saul Bellow is a famous Jewish American writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976 for Herzog, which is about the life of an intellectual after his divorce from his second wife, and the author has created a number of distinctive female characters and ecological thinking in the book. This paper makes a close reading of Herzog from the perspective of ecofeminism, analyzing the state of urban nature and rural areas in the industrial society, as well as the situation of traditional women and modern women in the patriarchal society, and then revealing the oppression of nature and women in the context of anthropocentrism and male hegemony. This paper aims to arouse people’s reflection on the situation of women and nature, so as to achieve harmony between human and nature.

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