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Title: The Buyer and A Study of the Dystopian Genre in Recent British Fiction
Author: Robinson, lain
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 6050
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2008
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The novel, The Buyer, uses the idea of the corporate environment as a dystopia of sorts for an exploration of identity, power, and meaning -who controls them and where they lie- in its depiction of the narrator's struggle to resolve these issues. My interest in the hyperreality surrounding the events of 9-11, my disquiet at the political and military reactions to those events and to the growing catastrophe in our climate, have also informed the writing of The Buyer. Set in a corporation that functions like a totalitarian state, the novel also imagines a wider society in which security measures used to combat terrorism have been taken to an extreme, and in which more and more state-run institutions have been ceded to the private sector, set against a backdrop of sudden climate change. The critical thesis, A Study ofthe Dystopian Genre in Recent British Fict{on, examines recent definitions of dystopia as a genre and applies them to a number of recent novels including my own. If genres are historically fluid cultural institutions in which novels participate rather than belong then the circumstances that give rise to their participation is of importance. Authors of dystopian literature use defamiliarised settings to create distorted versions of the societies in which they write allowing readers to perceive their current political or social circumstances anew. The challenges faced by the dystopian novelist trying to imagine settings outside the collapsing time-space horizons of postmodernity is analyzed along with the techniques adopted to bypass these problems. The extent to which The Buyer and the other texts discussed participate in the dystopian genre is interrogated as well as the possibility that recent dystopian fiction responds to new global uncertainties.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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