||This thesis discusses narration as a tool that mediates the portrayal of women and
nature by subjecting both to the perspective of an observer. Realist fiction provides
us with material to study this phenomenon in depth because of its intention to reflect
reality. Accordingly, Miss George argues that there are ecological stakes in narrative
technique because the way we narrate fictional human relationships to nature reflects
and influences actual human relationships with the environment. In the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries, massive shifts were occurring in those relationships.
This period also saw the end of one literary tradition (Victorian realism) and the
start of another (modernist experimentalism). Miss George believes that the two are
related, that transformations in narration techniques coincided with a consciousness
of planetary change.