The Quest for Postcolonial Utopia is a critical introduction to utopian and dystopian fiction written in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, and India. It outlines the development of utopian writing over the last thirty years and analyzes the relationship between postcolonial and utopian issues foregrounded in these works. Based on a comparative approach that takes into account the different traditions the texts are derived from, this book examines the function of utopian alternatives and dystopian anxieties in the writings of a wide range of well-known authors such as Janet Frame, David Ireland, J M Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Peter Carey, Rodney Hall, Buchi Emecheta, Margaret Atwood, Glenda Adams, John Cranna, Suniti Namjoshi, Mike Nicol, Ben Okri, Gerald Murnane, and Timothy Findley.
About the Author
The Author: Ralph Pordzik teaches English and American literature at Essen University, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from the Free University of Berlin. The author of two books on English poetry, he has published widely in journals in the fields of utopian literature and modern British and postcolonial writing.
Table of Contents
|1||Introducing Postcolonial Utopia||1|
|2||Criteria for a Comparison of Postcolonial Utopian Fiction||11|
|3||Changing Patterns of Future Projection in Postcolonial Fiction||31|
|4||Decolonizing Utopia: The Emergence of Cross-cultural and Regional Perspectives in Postcolonial Future Fiction||55|
|5||Women of the Future: Feminist Issues in Postcolonial Utopian Fiction||89|
|6||Treasurehouses of the Unexpected: Magical Realism and the Transformation of Dystopian Space in Postcolonial Fiction||107|
|7||The Speaking Mirror: Cultural and Textual Hybridity as Utopian Difference||133|