Novelist as eco-shaman

Buket Uzuner’s Water [Su] as requesting spirits to help the earth in crisis

Authored by: Pınar Batur , Ufuk Özdağ

Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138053137
eBook ISBN: 9781315167343
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315167343-28

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Abstract

Despite all the changes that modernity has brought to the human imagination, Buket Uzuner, in her work Water, argues that the pull of the Earth and nature and myth is far stronger spiritually than any other force in the universe, calling humanity to reclaim its own sense of being, the very essence of existence. She wants to achieve environmental communication as an eco-shaman, an environmentally aware guide to the reader’s journey into eco-consciousness. Throughout Water, Uzuner emphasizes three components which she feels dominate the shaman’s role in the society and facilitate communication regarding “eco-wisdom”: first, shamans act as intermediaries, enabling connections; second, shamans act as providers of alternative knowledge and understanding; third, shamans advocate for balance and harmony to restore peaceful coexistence with nature.

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