Anthroparchic Gynocide/Genocide vs. Capitalist Patriarchy: An Ecofeminist Reading of Zadie Smith's "Two Men Arrive in a Village"

Babak Ashrafkhani Limoudehi, Narges Montakhabi Bakhtvar
2020 IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship  
This essay examines the representations of feminine subjugation in Zadie Smith's "Two Men Arrive in a Village" through the lens of ecofeminism. It reveals how the issue of female exploitation is considered as a correlate of the deterioration of the environment. The essay argues that Smith's short story allows us to see how patriarchal, capitalist, and imperialist systems work in tandem to illustrate how the destruction of land and the abuse of women are part of the same ideological enterprise.
more » ... ogical enterprise. It investigates the influence of industrialization and patriarchal capitalist invasion through the metaphor of raping. Domination of the marginal and objectification of the women/nature provide considerable ecological, social, and cultural implications. The interpretations prove how exploitation of nature and women, invasion, instrumentalism and class discrimination are characteristics of patriarchal system which have made a correlation between anthroparchic gynocide/ genocide and androcentric patriarchy.
doi:10.22492/ijl.9.2.07 fatcat:jaredmp2wvfxxb5t26gan7ewka