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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9789814954822
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $29.99

Revenge of Gaia

Contemporary Vietnamese Ecofiction



Humans have to finally pay the price for their endless exploitation of earth's resources. Gaia's fury is exploding all around you.

Vietnamese literature, officially an ideological state instrument of nation-building, eulogizes acts that celebrate the victory and the power of human beings over the natural world. Generations of Vietnamese have been taught in school that Vietnam has 'forests of gold' and 'seas of silver' as well as fertile land. Vietnamese literary works, whether about the non-human or the human world, potentially reflect and resonate to these political orientations in environmental policies that ultimately serve the path to 'progress', 'development' and 'modernisation' of the nation.
The fiction chosen for this collection have been in active circulation in Vietnam since 1986, 'The Reform Year', when Vietnamese artists and writers were politically and culturally 'liberated' and engaged with great commitment in criticizing, among other things, the government's environmental policies and ways in which these were enmeshed in economic strategies and schemes for so-called national progress. Thus, modernization and industrialization that were the chosen paths of the postcolonial Vietnamese government, become the major targets of contemporary Vietnamese ecofiction.
All these stories, extremely contemporary, emphasise a counter-narrative that challenges socialist goals of development and modernisation. They articulate and affirm a more holistic vision, where man is no longer a predator but a participant of nature. These stories therefore are politically charged and pave the path for a more visionary future.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9789814954822
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Chi P. Pham

Chi Pham (Ph.D.) is a tenure-researcher at the Institute of Literature in the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside (USA). Her dissertation, her researcher articles and conference presentations delve examine Vietnamese literature and politics. Of late, Chi has become increasingly interested in the field of literature and environment; she was the Chair of the organising committee of the second ASLE-ASEAN conference in Hanoi (January 2018), for which she put together the call for paper. Chi's native knowledge of Vietnamese culture and literature will add a dimension of authenticity.

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