"Anathema" and "The politics of worldbuilding in post-apocalyptic dystopia"

Laura Rose French-Moran

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

This creative writing thesis explores the ideological function of worldbuilding in post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction; specifically, how authors have employed speculative worldbuilding as a form of activism, particularly in response to major world crises such as the Cold War or wars of terror. With reference to Angela Carter 's Heroes and Villains (1969), Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy (2008-2010), and my own novel 'Anathema', this work considers how each text reflects the concerns of the time in which it was written, using worldbuilding as a vehicle for the exploration and communication of socio-political ideas.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date15 Sep 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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Dystopian Fiction
Cold War
Angela Carter
Creative Writing
Dystopia
Hunger
Hero
Villain
Communication
Trilogy
Terror
Activism
Anathema
Political Ideas

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