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MAN’S RETURN TO NATURE: AN ECOCRITICAL APPROACH TO TOURNIER’S VENDREDI OU LES LIMBES DU PACIFIQUE by RACHEL A. KLUE (Under the Direction of Jonathan F. Krell) ABSTRACT Ecocriticism, a holistic approach to literature that seeks to examine the relationship between man and his environment, maintains that literature cannot be approached in a way that sets man and nature in opposition to each other. Instead, it must be approached in a way that examines man as part of an ecosystem; he is neither master nor slave to it, but simply one part of an intricate system. In Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique, a contemporary adaptation of Robinson Crusoe, Michel Tournier shows us that if man is to be complete and content, he cannot continue to view himself as existing apart from the natural world. He must instead begin to view himself as being part of the entire ecological system. Tournier demonstrates that if the natural world is to survive, man cannot continue to overpower his surroundings; he must learn to live in harmony with them. INDEX WORDS: Michel Tournier, Robinson Crusoe, ecocriticism, ecology in literature MAN’S RETURN TO NATURE: AN ECOCRITICAL APPROACH TO TOURNIER’S VENDREDI OU LES LIMBES DU PACIFIQUE by RACHEL A. KLUE B.A., SUNY Brockport, 2005 A Thesis Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of The University of Georgia in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree MASTER OF ARTS ATHENS, GEORGIA 2008 © 2008 Rachel A. Klue All Rights Reserved MAN’S RETURN TO NATURE: AN ECOCRITICAL APPROACH TO TOURNIER’S VENDREDI OU LES LIMBES DU PACIFIQUE by RACHEL A. KLUE Major Professor: Committee: Jonathan F. Krell Betty Jean Craige Timothy Raser Electronic Version Approved: Maureen Grasso Dean of the Graduate School The University of Georgia August 2008 iv DEDICATION I would like to dedicate this work to my sister Jodi

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