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Girls and green space : sickness-to-health narratives in children's literature Grafton, Janet Marie


This thesis examines the vital role of green space in the lives of young female protagonists in Jane of Lantern Hill by Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The transformations from illness to wellness that each protagonist undergoes are linked to experiences in rural environments. The application of ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and ecopsychology to fiction from the past unearths the ways in which the pastoral nature of the texts is connected to contemporary environmental concerns.

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