An Ecocritical Study of Dhruv Bhattâ€™s Samudrantike
Keywords:Gujarati Literature, Samudrantike, Oceanside Blues, Ecocriticism, Man â€“ Nature Relationship, survival, seashore
The scientific evolutions and developments of 21st century have been achieved through the destruction of nature and humans have lost the harmony with nature and have put themselves in the threat of their survival. Literature often echoes these issues and also studies it through the theory of Ecocriticism which emerged in the 1990s. Ecocriticism focuses on the analyses of man â€“ nature relationship and also studies its reflection in literature. Dhruv Bhatt is one of the well â€“ known writers of modern Gujarati literature. His works are embedded with human sensibilities and social satires; he celebrates humanity in the lap of Nature. The novel Samudrantike (1993), translated in English as the Oceanside Blues(2001) by Vinod Meghaniis one such work celebrating the role of nature in human life. The novel is the finest example of man â€“ nature relationship and thus the present paper aims at analyzing it through the theory of Ecocriticism.