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Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture

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Edited By Izabella Kimak and Julia Nikiel

The essays included in this book offer an overview of literary works, films, TV series, and computer games, which reflect current social and political developments since the beginning of this century. The contributions intend to x-ray the most crucial aspects of contemporary North-American literature and culture. Addressing a variety of media, the authors of the essays probe the many ways in which repression and expression are the primary keywords for understanding contemporary American life and culture.

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Repression and Control in a Post-Panoptic Anti-Utopian State: The Radch Empire in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy (Anna Gilarek)

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Anna Gilarek

Repression and Control in a Post-Panoptic Anti-Utopian State: The Radch Empire in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy

Abstract: The article discusses the anti-utopian character of the social reality depicted in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy. It focuses on the maintenance of discipline and power in a militaristic state, paying special attention to the issue of surveillance.

Keywords: utopia, anti-utopia, panopticism, surveillance

Ann Leckie, the author of the Imperial Radch trilogy, entered the science-fiction literary scene fairly recently, with her debut novel, Ancillary Justice, published in 2013. The remaining two volumes of the trilogy, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy, were published in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The novel achieved instant success and critical acclaim, which brought Leckie multiple literary prizes, including the prestigious Nebula and Hugo awards. The trilogy deserves special recognition for, among others, its highly detailed and fascinating world-building, in particular the highly complex social reality of the Radch Empire, in which the novels are set.

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