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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict


Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Evil in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Havelock Vetinari



Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


The Discworld, a flat, alternate world to ours created by the British author Sir Terry Pratchett, is the setting for a phenomenal literary success in terms of sales and criticism. By the time this paper is written, forty fantasy novels set in the Discworld have been published in thirty-seven different languages, having sold over 70 million copies worldwide1. Many different beings such as vampires, undead, trolls or werewolves populate this “world and mirror of worlds”2, and archetypical fantastic elements like dragons, magic, time travel, afterlife and automata are present.

While the Discworld novels were initially developed as a parody of the type of genre inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings3, they started re-shaping as a unique science-fiction and fantasy series of books that include themes such as racism, technology, social inequalities, war or sexism, all in a growingly dark and somber environment4.

Another element to highlight with regard to the Discworld novels is the vast amount of references they include, not only to other literary works, but also contextual elements from our own world, folklore and fairy tales, legends, ← 301 | 302 → and popular culture in general. In addition, a reader will find several analogies to historical events and persons when reading the Discworld novels5.

While the Discworld is a heterogeneous setting where countries or continents that differ largely among themselves exist, this paper focuses on the vibrant Discworld...

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