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Daughters of the land : an ecofeminist analysis of the relationships between female adolescent protagonists and landscape in three verse novels for children VanSickle, Victoria Lynn


This thesis looks at the connection between female adolescent protagonists and their respective landscapes in the children's verse novels Out of the Dust and Aleutian Sparrow, both by Karen Hesse, and Ann and Seamus by Kevin Major. In each of these texts the protagonists must choose between life at home and a new life elsewhere. Drawing on ecofeminist philosophy, specifically the works of Ynestra King, Carolyn Merchant, Annette Kolodny and Judith Plant, this thesis explores the factors that led to all three protagonists choosing to stay or return home.

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