The Hopeful Tale: Reading Contemporary Feminist Dystopian Fiction as Critical Dystopias


In contemporary UK and US fiction, the dystopian genre has recently become extremely popular, not least among young adult readers. Critics tend to see this new development in largely negative terms, arguing that it is a sign of political pessimism that merely instils despair and lethargy in readers of dystopian fiction. However, I argue that reading contemporary dystopian narratives, in particular those of a feminist orientation, as critical dystopias can reveal utopian, and thus hopeful, elements that enable a positive reading experience and can direct readers towards increased social and political engagement, and, as a consequence, to effecting change.





S. Pragt

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Dominicus College


19/08/2019 tot 30/06/2024