Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions

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This study examines feminist speculative fiction from the late twentieth- and early twenty-first century, and finds within it a new vision for the future. Rejecting notions of postmodern utopia as exclusionary, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor advances one defined in terms of hospitality, casting what she calls "imaginative sympathy" as the foundation of utopian desire. Tracing these themes through the works of Atwood, Butler, Lessing, and Winterson, as well as those of well-known Muslim feminists such as El Saadawi, ...

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Overview

This study examines feminist speculative fiction from the late twentieth- and early twenty-first century, and finds within it a new vision for the future. Rejecting notions of postmodern utopia as exclusionary, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor advances one defined in terms of hospitality, casting what she calls "imaginative sympathy" as the foundation of utopian desire. Tracing these themes through the works of Atwood, Butler, Lessing, and Winterson, as well as those of well-known Muslim feminists such as El Saadawi, Parsipur, and Mernissi, Wagner-Lawlor balances literary analysis with innovative extensions of feminist philosophy to show how inclusionary utopian thinking can inform and promote political agency. Examining these contemporary fictions reveals the rewards of attending to a community that acknowledges difference, diversity, and the imaginative potential of every human being.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107038356
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2013
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor is an associate professor of Women's Studies and English at Penn State University. She is author/editor of four books, the most recent of which are this volume, and The Scandal of Susan Sontag (co-edited with Barbara Ching, 2009). She has published numerous articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: portals of possibility: speculative standpoint and feminist intervention; 1. Learning the way of the world, and beyond: utopian imperatives and the female bildungsroman; 2. 'With no guarantees, of course': the art of the possible; 3. Archives of the heart: inventing history at the edge(s) of time; 4. Always coming home, in America: enacting the romance of community; 5. Looking east for news from nowhere: feminist mobility in Muslim women's speculative writing; Conclusion: being at home somewhere; References; Index.

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