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Desire and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction


Desire and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction


Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

von: Thomas Horan

95,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.02.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319706757
Sprache: englisch

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This book assesses key works of twentieth-century dystopian fiction, including Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to demonstrate that the major authors of this genre locate empathy and morality in eroticism. Taken together, these books delineate a subset of politically conscious speculative literature, which can be understood collectively as projected political fiction. While Thomas Horan addresses problematic aspects of this subgenre, particularly sexist and racist stereotypes, he also highlights how some of these texts locate social responsibility in queer and other non-heteronormative sexual relationships. In these novels, even when the illicit relationship itself is truncated, sexual desire fosters hope and community.
1. Introduction2. The Sexualized Proletariat in Jack London’s The Iron Heel3. Redemptive Atavism in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We4. The Sexual Life of the Savage in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World5. Katherine Burdekin’s Swastika Night, a Gay Romance6. Distortions of Queer Desire in Ayn Rand’s Anthem7. Desire and Empathy in George Orwell’sNineteen Eighty-Four8. Ludic Perversions and Enduring Communities in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale9. Conclusion.
Thomas Horan is Associate Professor of English at The Citadel, Charleston, USA. He has previously published articles in a number of journals. He edited Critical Insights: Nineteen Eighty-Four (2016) and is currently editing Critical Insights: Animal Farm.
This book assesses key works of twentieth-century dystopian fiction, including Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to demonstrate that the major authors of this genre locate empathy and morality in eroticism. Taken together, these books delineate a subset of politically conscious speculative literature, which can be understood collectively as projected political fiction. While Thomas Horan addresses problematic aspects of this subgenre, particularly sexist and racist stereotypes, he also highlights how some of these texts locate social responsibility in queer and other non-heteronormative sexual relationships, anticipating the ideas of various cultural theorists. In these novels, even when the illicit relationship itself is truncated, sexual desire fosters hope and community.
Provides the first book-length study that identifies a unifying thematic concern of twentieth-century dystopian fictionArgues that the books under analysis illustrate a connection between sexuality and virtueRaises questions about the sociopolitical work of sexual desire

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