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L'union fait la force (géologique) : une analyse écocritique des Fourmis de Bernard Werber / (Geological) force in unity : an ecocritical analysis of Empire of the ants by Bernard Werber

Authors
  • Sebbfolk, Annie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
French
License
Green
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Abstract

The paper is an ecocritical analysis of the Empire of the ants, a book written in 1991 by Bernard Werber. Through this green reading, the author seeks to better understand how climate change is created from a social point of view and why, by inherence, it is so difficult to avert. As the book is largely a juxtaposition of the human society and that of ants, the author compares the two species in order to determine which one is better equipped to tackle climate change, as well as which factors, cultural, political or biological, allow for the necessary measures to be taken. The study finds that the complexity of climate change exceeds our understanding of time and space, making it impossible for us to imagine and consequently tackle in any satisfactory manner. Though ants display features superior to ours when it comes to carrying out this task, the study further concludes that there is an accompanying moral dilemma to such actions, as the environmentally profitable not always is in the best interest of individual lives.

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