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Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

Desire and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction

Authors: Horan, Thomas

  • Provides the first book-length study that identifies a unifying thematic concern of twentieth-century dystopian fiction
  • Argues that the books under analysis illustrate a connection between sexuality and virtue
  • Raises questions about the sociopolitical work of sexual desire
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This book assesses key works of twentieth-century dystopian fiction, including Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to demonstrate that the major authors of this genre locate empathy and morality in eroticism. Taken together, these books delineate a subset of politically conscious speculative literature, which can be understood collectively as projected political fiction. While Thomas Horan addresses problematic aspects of this subgenre, particularly sexist and racist stereotypes, he also highlights how some of these texts locate social responsibility in queer and other non-heteronormative sexual relationships. In these novels, even when the illicit relationship itself is truncated, sexual desire fosters hope and community.

About the authors

Thomas Horan is Associate Professor of English at The Citadel, Charleston, USA. He has previously published articles in a number of journals. He edited Critical Insights: Nineteen Eighty-Four (2016) and is currently editing Critical Insights: Animal Farm.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Horan, Thomas

    Pages 1-24

  • The Sexualized Proletariat in Jack London’s The Iron Heel

    Horan, Thomas

    Pages 25-50

  • Redemptive Atavism in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We

    Horan, Thomas

    Pages 51-69

  • The Sexual Life of the Savage in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

    Horan, Thomas

    Pages 71-92

  • Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night, a Gay Romance

    Horan, Thomas

    Pages 93-127

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70675-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70674-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desire and Empathy in Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70675-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70675-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70674-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 212
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