|Tipo di tesi||Tesi di laurea magistrale|
|Titolo||In difesa della Wilderness: The Monkey Wrench Gang di Edward Abbey fra Ecocriticism e ecoterrorismo|
|Titolo in inglese|
|Struttura||Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali|
|Corso di studi||LINGUE, CULTURE, COMUNICAZIONE (D.M. 270/04)|
|Data inizio appello||2020-07-21|
|Disponibilità||Accessibile via web (tutti i file della tesi sono accessibili)|
ABSTRACT The present work offers the analysis of the complex dynamic underlying the relationship between man and nature, relating Ecocriticism’s key issues to the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), written by the American author Edward Abbey. The main purpose of the work consists not only in emphasizing the novel’s structure, style and themes, but also in establishing a connection between the book and the Ecocriticism’s modern critical perspective. Among the various topics examined are: the literary representation of nature, paying particular attention to the American wilderness of the Southwest; the nature destruction carried on by the consumerist and highly industrialised American society of the XX century; the moral and legal limits of adopting guerrilla tactics and sabotage in defence of nature. The work combines the reading of both the English original novel and its Italian translation with a collection of critical essays and studies, that have proved useful for the analysis of the book and its writer. Theoretical papers dealing with Ecocriticism are added. The paper is organized into three chapters: the first is dedicated to Edward Abbey’s intellectual biography. This chapter focuses on the major events in the writer’s life, his political commitment, his large written production and his narrative style. The second chapter deals with the study of the novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, providing information about the historical-social context of its publication, synopsis, analysis of the main characters, core issues and style, and eventually, a concluding paragraph about the reception of the novel. The third and last chapter concludes the work and briefly addresses the origins and development of Ecocriticism, with a closer look at its influence on Edward Abbey.