EXPERIMENT AND FAILURE IN URSULA LE GUIN’S DYSTOPIAN WORLDS

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Ursula Le Guin’s novels The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) and The Dispossessed (1974) rely upon the description of fantasy worlds whose organizing systems were initially a reflection of the need to create the perfect society. From this perspective, both the lack of gender distinctions on the planet Gethen/Winter in the former novel and the abolition of social inequality on the planet Anarres in the latter novel represent failed experiments of the attempt to transform a dream-like world into reality. This paper aims at identifying the guiding principles of the alien communities in the two science-fiction novels and the reasons …


GLOBALISME SERAIT-IL UNE DEMOCRATIE TOTALITAIRE ?

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Jean-Christophe Rufin’s novel entitled Globalia is one of the examples of dystopian novels about French politics published in the first decade of the XXIth century. Jean-Christophe Rufin, who is known for his novels generally classified in the genre of the historical novel, has integrated the features of historical novel into the social dystopian novel in Globalia. Jean-Christophe Rufin had worked as a doctor for long years in the Red Cross, in the United Nations and in the Doctors Without Borders and went to several poor countries such as Eritrea, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and Mongolia. His …