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Utopian Visions and Revisions

Or the Uses of Ideal Worlds

Artur Blaim

The book focuses on different uses of the concepts of utopia, dystopia, and anti-utopia. The author analyses literature, cinema, and rock music, as well as scientific and legal motifs in utopian fiction. He also considers the functions of Jewish characters in early modern utopias and looks at the utopian aspects of scientific claims of literary and cultural theories. Utopian models are also applied to the practice of literature (socialist realism) and current socio-political affairs. Among the texts and films discussed are "Utopia", "New Atlantis", "Gulliver’s Travels", "Memoirs of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca", "Nineteen Eighty-Four", "A Minor Apocalypse", "Lord of the Flies", and "Even Dwarfs Started Small".

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9. Gulliver’s Fifth Voyage, or Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe:Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

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9. Gulliver’s Fifth Voyage, or Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake28

La3amon gon liðen; wide 3ond þas leode.& bi-won þa æðela boc; þa he to bisne nom.He nom þa Englisca boc; þa makede Seint Beda.An-oþer he nom on Latin; þe makede Seinte Albin.& þe feire Austin; pe fulluht broute hider in.Boc he nom þe þridde; leide þer amidden.þa makede a Frenchis clerc;Wace wes ihoten; þe wel couþe writen.& he hoe 3ef þare æðelen; Ælienorþe wes Henries quene; þes he3es kinges.La3amon leide þeos boc; & þa leaf wende.he heom leofliche bi-heold. liþe him beo Drihten.Feþeren he nom mid fingren; & fiede on boc-felle.& þa soþere word; sette to-gadere.& þa þre boc; þrumde to are.

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Oryx and Crake is generally characterised by reviewers as a dystopia or anti-utopia after the manner of Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, or a product of genre splicing performed by the author inspired by one of the more persistent themes of the novel.29 Critics suggest a plethora of intertextual relations with both classic texts and lesser-known recent productions. A perfect example of this kind of approach can be found in John Clute who, evidently hurt and upset by Atwood’s insist←97 | 98→ence that her novel is not science fiction,30 accuses Oryx and Crake of being “the kind of SF contemporary writers stopped committing to...

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