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Overview

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415966146
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/17/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Moylan is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing at the University of Limerick. He is author of Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia and Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination (Routledge), and coeditor of Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch.
Raffaella Baccolini is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bologna.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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Introduction: Dystopia and Histories 1
1 Utopia in Dark Times: Optimism/Pessimism and Utopia/Dystopia 13
2 Genre Blending and the Critical Dystopia 29
3 The Writing of Utopia and the Feminist Critical Dystopia: Suzy McKee Charnas's Holdfast Series 47
4 Cyberpunk and Dystopia: Pat Cadigan's Networks 69
5 Posthuman Bodies and Agency in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis 91
6 "A useful knowledge of the present is rooted in the past": Memory and Historical Reconciliation in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling 113
7 "The moment is here ... and it's important": State, Agency, and Dystopia in Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling 135
8 Unmasking the Real? Critique and Utopia in Recent SF Films 155
9 Where the Prospective Horizon Is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog 167
10 Theses on Dystopia 2001 187
11 Concrete Dystopia: Slavery and Its Others 203
12 The Problem of the "Flawed Utopia": A Note on the Costs of Eutopia 225
Conclusion: Critical Dystopia and Possibilities 233
Notes on Contributors 251
Index 255
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