Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language
and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Carl von Ossietzky
University of Oldenburg (Institut f r Anglistik), course:
Children's Literature, language: English, abstract: In her book The
Second Sex (Beauvoir 1953: 362) the world-famous French philosopher
and feminist Simone de Beauvoir writes that " t]he adolescent girl
will devote a special love to Nature: still more than the
adolescent boy, she worships it. Unconquered, inhuman Nature
subsumes most clearly the totality of what exists. The adolescent
girl has not yet acquired for her use any portion of the universal:
hence it is her kingdom as a whole; when she takes possession of
it, she also proudly takes possession of herself." The idea of
nature as a safe haven and retreat where a young girl refuges to
and repeatedly finds solace and empowerment also penetrates
children's literature. What Annis Pratt calls The Green-World
Archetype (Pratt 1981: 16-24), "an adolescent girl who lives close
to nature, is one of the most common female protagonists in
children's fiction." (Nikolajewa 2002: 332) Nature features
prominently in the novels of the 20th century Canadian authoress
Lucy Maud Montgomery best known for her classic girl's book Anne of
Green Gables. In all of her books Montgomery's protagonists are
female heroes. The heroines of her novels and short stories vary
from each other in age. Out of her twenty-one books eleven focus on
female protagonists in late childhood or early adolescence of about
nine to approximately eleven years of age. (Epperly 1992: 7) A
prominent theme that runs through all of those novels is the
development of self-confidence of the, at the outset of the story,
powerless young heroine. Throughout the storylines each one of the
young girls "learns to value herself in relation to the surrounding
community and culture" (Epperly 1992: 7) - and nature, more
precisely the fictionally adapted landscape of L.M. Montgomery's
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