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Food, Body, and Land in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres
|關鍵字:||A Thousand Acres;一千畝田;Jane Smiley;Food;Body;Land;珍•史麥莉;食物;身體;土地||出版社:||外國語文學系所||摘要:||
Jane Smiley works hard on the “details” and their influence on the characters in A Thousand Acres. Focusing on the seemingly unimportant details, this thesis is a study of the characters' interaction with the world through food, body, and land. The first chapter aims to examine how eating and cooking define and reflect the characters' emotions, power, status and so on. This chapter focuses on how food and dietary habits define who we really are by examining what is found on the characters' plates. The second chapter investigates how the characters relate to the world through their bodies. This chapter further examines how the body is marked from the outside by different forces and how the body is associated with the land. Through examining the association between female body and the land, I intend to expose and dismantle the oppression of women by men and the abuse of the land by human beings. In the final chapter, the relationship between the land and the humans is closely examined—how human beings change and destroy the landscape with technology and agriculture. Furthermore, by offering organic farming as an alternative agricultural farming practice in A Thousand Acres, Smiley raises questions about the conventional farming and our relationship with the land. This thesis intends to explore how food, body, and land are intimately linked together and how the characters are greatly influenced by them. Therefore, the interaction between human beings and food, body, and land helps the characters rethink their relationship with the outside world with different perspectives and further to adopt different attitudes towards the world, and at the same time, to live with it peacefully.
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