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China Miéville: The Work of Mourning

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posted on 07.12.2021, 00:16 by Owen, Peter

This thesis begins from an attempt to place recent changes in science fiction and fantasy criticism in context within contemporary debates and schisms within Left politics. It examines the ways in which China Miéville’s fiction reflects on and intervenes in these debates on questions of modernity, community, and collectivity. Through readings of The City & the City, The Last Days of New Paris, and This Census-Taker, I seek to examine the ways in which Miéville’s fiction, through an acknowledgement of the impossibility of escaping historically and culturally situated perspectives and through an awareness of the dangers of the appeal to community, arrives at the position of foregrounding contingency, heterogeneity, and ambiguity. Drawing particularly on Derrida’s image of the ghost in Spectres of Marx and its exploration and elaboration in the work of Simon Critchley, I argue that Miéville’s writing, especially in his most recentnovellas, is representative of, and participative in, politics as a work of mourning.

History

Copyright Date

01/01/2018

Date of Award

01/01/2018

Publisher

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Author Retains Copyright

Degree Discipline

English Literature

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level

Masters

Degree Name

Master of Arts

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis

Language

en_NZ

Victoria University of Wellington School

School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Advisors

McNeill, Dougal