Transhumanist Impulse, Utopian Vision, and Reversing Dystopia in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn – The Modern Language Review – article

Transhumanist Impulse, Utopian Vision, and Reversing Dystopia in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn

Jihun Yoo | The Modern Language Review

2019-10-15

This article interrogates some of the impulses of transhumanism, whose utopian vision adheres to genetic essentialism and pursues eugenics for radical human alteration. While acknowledging the need for a revolutionary transformation in the human condition, Margaret Atwood in Oryx and Crake (2003) and Octavia Butler in Dawn (1987) articulate a vision that reverses transhumanist dystopia. They imply both the possibility and the unfeasibility of a new kind of society based on active acceptance of certain posthuman conditions and reconfiguration of traditional modes of thought and ways of living as they respond to our culture’s paranoia about transhumanist impulses and utopian visions.

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