Abstract

Abstract:

This paper attempts to deconstruct the patriarchal anthropocentric masculinity represented by the adult elephant hunters in the metafictional African story within !e 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.

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