Show simple item record

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

Item metadata

dc.contributor.advisorSellers, Susan
dc.contributor.authorWelstead, Adam
dc.coverage.spatial237 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis doctoral thesis examines the ways in which contemporary writers have adopted the critical dystopian mode in order to radically deconstruct the socio-political conditions that preclude equality, inclusion and collective political appearance in twenty-first century Britain. The thesis performs theoretically-informed close readings of contemporary novels from authors J.G. Ballard, Maggie Gee, Sarah Hall and Rupert Thomson in its analysis, and argues that the speculative visions of Kingdom Come (2006), The Flood (2004), The Carhullan Army (2007) and Divided Kingdom (2005) are engaged with a wave of contemporary dystopian writing in which the destructive and divisive forms of consensus that are to be found within Britain’s contemporary socio-political moment are identified and challenged. The thesis proposes that, in their politically-engaged extrapolations, contemporary British writers are engaged with specifically dystopian expressions of dissensus. Reflecting key theoretical and political nuances found in Jacques Rancière’s concept of ‘dissensus’, I argue that the novels illustrate dissensual interventions within the imagined political space of British societies in which inequalities, oppressions and exclusions are endemic – often proceeding to present modest, ‘minor’ utopian arguments for more equal, heterogeneous and democratic possibilities in the process. Contributing new, theoretically-inflected analysis of key speculative fictions from twenty-first century British writers, and locating their critiques within the literary, socio-political and theoretical contexts they are meaningfully engaged with, the thesis ultimately argues that in interrogating and reimagining the socio-political spaces of twenty-first century Britain, contemporary writers of dystopian fiction demonstrate literature working in its most dissensual, political and transformative mode.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectDystopian fictionen_US
dc.subjectContemporary fictionen_US
dc.subjectSpeculative fictionen_US
dc.subject.lcshEnglish fiction--Great Britain--21st century--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshDystopias in literatureen
dc.titleDystopia and the divided kingdom : twenty-first century British dystopian fiction and the politics of dissensusen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. 600th Anniversary Scholarshipen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 15th February 2024e

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record