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Eco-Dystopia: Reproduction and Destruction in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

Eco-Dystopia: Reproduction and Destruction in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

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Published by Cody Voight
This
 essay
 argues
 that
 Margaret
 Atwood’s
 Oryx
 and
 Crake
 participates
 in
 a
 vibrant
 debate
 
among
 scholars
 of
 science,
 animal,
 and
 feminist
 studies.
 Though
 traditional
 readings
 of
 Oryx
 
and
 Crake
 emphasize
 the
 novel’s
 critique
 of
 capitalist
 science,
 this
 essay
 demonstrates
 the
 
ways
 in
 which
 the
 novel
 criticizes
 ecotopianism.
 By
 critiquing
 both
 capitalist
 science
 and
 
ecotopianism,
  Oryx
  and
  Crake
  highlights
  the
  complexity
  of
  knowledge
  production
  and
 
cautions
 the
 reader
 against
 sweeping
 plans
 for
 the
 elimination
 of
 suffering,
 regardless
 of
 
whether
 those
 plans
 are
 driven
 by
 economics,
 science,
 or
 environmentalism.
This
 essay
 argues
 that
 Margaret
 Atwood’s
 Oryx
 and
 Crake
 participates
 in
 a
 vibrant
 debate
 
among
 scholars
 of
 science,
 animal,
 and
 feminist
 studies.
 Though
 traditional
 readings
 of
 Oryx
 
and
 Crake
 emphasize
 the
 novel’s
 critique
 of
 capitalist
 science,
 this
 essay
 demonstrates
 the
 
ways
 in
 which
 the
 novel
 criticizes
 ecotopianism.
 By
 critiquing
 both
 capitalist
 science
 and
 
ecotopianism,
  Oryx
  and
  Crake
  highlights
  the
  complexity
  of
  knowledge
  production
  and
 
cautions
 the
 reader
 against
 sweeping
 plans
 for
 the
 elimination
 of
 suffering,
 regardless
 of
 
whether
 those
 plans
 are
 driven
 by
 economics,
 science,
 or
 environmentalism.

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Published by: Cody Voight on Oct 30, 2013
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