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dc.contributor.advisorMatheson, Terryen_US
dc.creatorMatheson, Laura Jeanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-22T21:39:04Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:53:50Z
dc.date.available2008-08-24T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:53:50Z
dc.date.created2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-08222007-213904en_US
dc.description.abstractA significant sub-genre exists within feminist dystopian speculative fiction that has recently consisted of a growing collection of works in which patriarchal theocracies have played an integral role. In Lee Killough's A Voice Out of Ramah (1979), Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Sheri S. Tepper’s Gibbon’s Decline and Fall (1996), and beyond, a growing number of feminist writers have recognized the role of religious fundamentalisms within modern patriarchies, and the role that these fundamentalisms could play in the creation of a dystopian future. For the sake of brevity, this thesis focuses on Christian fundamentalism in its various manifestations in the late twentieth century. In addition, it discusses the ideological and organizational characteristics of fundamentalisms, the role of fundamentalism, and the implications of fundamentalists’ deep mistrust of both liberalism and what they call secular humanism, in feminist dystopian speculative fiction from the final three decades of the twentieth century. The current conflict between feminists and fundamentalists is exemplified by the assertion of many different varieties of Christian fundamentalists that the current state of contemporary society—one they consider to be morally depraved—is a direct result of women’s emancipation. Dystopian speculations based on this assertion play an integral role in A Voice Out of Ramah (1979), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), and Gibbon’s Decline and Fall (1996), and will be examined, in the work of these and other authors, where relevant.en_US
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dc.subjectChristian fundamentalismsen_US
dc.subjectfeminist speculative fictionen_US
dc.subjectfeminist dystopiasen_US
dc.titleThe dystopian future : the influence of Christian fundamentalisms in representative feminist dystopian speculative fiction, 1970 - 2000en_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Laws (LL.M.)en_US
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dc.type.genreProjecten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRelke, Diana M. A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMorrell, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberClark, Hilaryen_US


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