The thesis titled “An Ecological
Marxist Critique of the Select Novels of Kamala Markandaya and Amitav Ghosh”
analyses how capitalism exploits nature and oppresses the labour class through
the theory Ecological Marxism in the select novels of Kamala Markandaya and
Amitav Ghosh. Through the thoughts of Karl Marx, O’Connor, John Bellamy Foster
and Karl Marx the theory is used throughout the select novels. Chapter I
details the select authors with a brief introduction about their biography, the
select novels for the study, detailed critique of the theory ecological marxism
, rationale in choosing the specific authors, select works and select review of
literature supporting the study. Chapter II is a detailed study of ecological
marxism in the novels of Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve, The Coffer Dams
and Pleasure City.
Chapter III is a detailed study of
ecological marxism in the select novels of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide, Sea
of Poppies and River of Smoke. Chapter IV intends to critique the rationale in
the similarity of the projection of the destruction of nature and oppression of
the labouring class of ecological marxist elements in the select novels of
study justifying the title and the reason for choosing two authors. Chapter V
concludes the thesis.
The researcher limits her thesis to the
study of capitalization effects on the environment such as transformations in
ecological space to fit the requirements of capitalist production affecting it
and caused by it and the struggle of the labouring class as a result of capitalism, using the theory Ecological Marxism in
the select novels of Kamala Markandaya and Amitav Ghosh. The researcher does
not intend her thesis to be a comparative study. The researcher has identified through her
discourse the destructive tendencies of capitalism caused on nature thus
leading to the exploitation of nature, transformations in ecological space to
fit the requirements of capitalist production, exploiting the nature as a result and the oppression of the labouring
class due to the
advancement of industrialism through the theory Ecological Marxism in
the select novels of Kamala Markandaya and Amitav Ghosh.
Keywords: Capitalism, nature,
destruction, laboring class, Karl Marx.