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“A sickness that could kill a dozen pigs in a single day”: An ecocritical approach to Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant


  • Alexander Sloots

Summary, in English

This essay will analyze Kazuo Ishiguro’s fantasy (or anti-fantasy) novel The Buried Giant (2016) from an ecocritical approach, with the aspiration to commence an ecocritical dialogue regarding the novel, which, at the time writing this, is non-existent. The first part of the analysis examines the portrayal of nature in The Buried Giant. After that, the text proceeds by looking at intertextual stories connected to the novel from an ecocritical perspective. The theories used in this text are gathered from multiple, mostly ecocritical, sources. However, the main source that will be used in this essay, regarding theories, is Greg Garrard’s Ecocriticism (2012).


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Buried Giant
  • Ecocriticism


  • Birgitta Berglund (FD)