Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions

Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions

by Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor


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Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions by Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107038356
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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