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The Quest for Postcolonial Utopia

A Comparative Introduction to the Utopian Novel in the New English Literatures

by Ralph Pordzik (Author)
Monographs 199 Pages

Summary

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.

Details

Pages
199
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820451930
Language
English
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. 199 pp.

Biographical notes

Ralph Pordzik (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.

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