Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase

Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase

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Wilfrid Laurier University Press


What do literary dystopias reflect about the times? In Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase, contributors address this amorphous but pervasive genre, using diverse critical methodologies to examine how North America is conveyed or portrayed in a perceived age of crisis, accelerated uncertainty, and political volatility.

Drawing from contemporary novels such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and the work of Margaret Atwood and William Gibson (to name a few), this book examines dystopian literature produced by North American authors between the signing of NAFTA (1994) and the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (2011). As the texts illustrate, awareness of and deep concern about perceived vulnerabilities—ends of water, oil, food, capitalism, empires, stable climates, ways of life, non-human species, and entire human civilizations—have become central to public discourseover the same period.

By asking questions such as “What are the distinctive qualities of post-NAFTA North American dystopian literature?” and “What does this literature reflect about the tensions and contradictions of the inchoate continental community of North America?” Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase serves to resituate dystopian writing within a particular geo-social setting and introduce a productive means to understand both North American dystopian writing and its relevant engagements with a restricted, mapped reality.

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About the Editors

Gisele Baxter

Originally from Nova Scotia, I moved to Vancouver in 1997 to teach at UBC. My teaching and research interests include 19th-21st century literary and cultural studies; the Gothic inheritance, especially in popular culture and late Victorian literature; dystopian and post-apocalyptic narratives; representations of youth and childhood; and composition including technical writing

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Brett Grubisic

Born in Rossland, BC; raised in various small towns across British Columbia. BA and MA from UVic; PhD (focused on contemporary novelist Peter Ackroyd) from UBC. Interests range from dystopian literature and crime fiction to gender and sexuality. Also: fiction-writing (novels and short stories) whenever possible.

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Tara Lee

Tara Lee completed a PhD (SFU) in Asian Canadian literature, with field specialties in Canadian Literature and 18th century British Literature. Her teaching currently focuses on critical race studies, dystopian literature, YA literature, techno/new media studies, Canadian literature, and academic writing.

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