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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Hoang G. Phan
Maria José Botelho
English Language and Literature
This dissertation examines contemporary science fiction texts with utopian impulses through the lens of Marxist literary theory to show how these texts enact the encouragement, process, and end result of revolutionary transformation. The interdisciplinary theoretical framework of this dissertation utilizes Tom Moylan’s analysis of critical utopias, Darko Suvin’s theory of cognitive estrangement, Fredric Jameson’s concept of cognitive mapping, theories of postcapitalism from the sociological, economic, and political fields, the findings presented in Why Civil Resistance Works, and Erik Olin Wright’s definitions of the ruptural, interstitial, and symbiotic strategies of revolutionary transformation. The analysis of Dissidence, Insurgence, Emergence, Walkaway, and 2140 using this theoretical framework demonstrates how these texts enact the encouragement, process, and end result of revolutionary transformation. Additionally, this analysis provides a clearer picture of the current moment of late capitalism, offers a means of evaluating the ruptural, interstitial, and symbiotic strategies through the thought experiments provided by the texts to contribute to conversations in the sociological, economic, and political fields regarding the implementation of such strategies to achieve a transformation of the current moment of capitalism, and demonstrates the contribution of contemporary utopian science fiction texts to such revolutionary transformation.
Blanchard, Katharine, "Science Fiction’s Enactment of the Encouragement, Process, and End Result of Revolutionary Transformation" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations. 2522.