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Title

The Elephant’s Eye and the Maji-Maji War: A Non-Anthropocentric Reading of David’s African Story in The Garden of Eden

Author

Lay Sion Ng

Document Type

Article

Citation

Ng, Lay Sion. “The Elephant’s Eye and the Maji-Maji War: A Non-Anthropocentric Reading of David’s African Story in The Garden of Eden.” Hemingway Review 39, no. 2 (Spring 2020): 40-51.

Annotation

This paper attempts to deconstruct the patriarchal anthropocentric masculinity represented by the adult elephant hunters in the metafictional African story within The Garden of Eden through the lens of animal sentience and the environmental history of East Africa during the time of the Maji-Maji war. Furthermore, by linking these two aspects to the process of the (re)writing of the story, the author argues that David’s effort to give a “voice” to both the nonhuman elephant and the environment of Africa mirrors another form of masculinity that is in contrast to his father’s patriarchal anthropocentric masculinity.

Published in

Hemingway Review

Volume

39

Issue

2

Date

Spring 2020

Pages

40-51

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