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  • The Uses of Political Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin‘s Philosophy of Art‘s Potential for Social Change
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    This thesis focuses on some of the science fiction works of Ursula K. Le Guin and how she introduces political issues into her novels. Le Guin is an anarchist and a Taoist and that combination of perspectives colours many of her novels. She belives that capitalism has become normalised to the degree that it is sometimes difficult to imagine it ever coming to an end. There she echoes the concept of Capitalist Realism. She, however, belives that works of science fiction can help combat this failure of imagination by authors imagining a world beyond capitalism or a world where it never happened like in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness. She is, however, not a believer in a traditional Utopia. In her novel The Lathe of Heaven Le Guin argues the dangers of a Utopia that an single person dreams up. The danger she belives comes from these constructions is that a single person cannot have the perspective needed to build a satisfactory Utopia for everyone. An additional critique she makes of the concept is the fact that even if your ideas are indeed perfect, they will get lost in translation as people will interprete them differently. Her response to that was creating the “Ambigious Utopia“ of the novel The Dispossessed. The Utopia depicted in this novel embodies many of Le Guin‘s own anarchist values but she intentionally writes the society as having issues that only a handful of people can see and fight against. It is a Utopia that is still being molded by communal effort of people that live within it. Le Guin is passionate about her science fiction stories being human stories first and foremost. She is, therefore, careful to include realistic characters to experience the worlds she creates, both positives and negatives.

  • 11.5.2021

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