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Utopian Narratives of I. Banks

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2013. Vol. 2. No. 2. Pp. 168-173.
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Novikova V. G.
N.I. Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University
23 Gagarin Street, 603950, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


In the article art forms of utopian ideas embodiment in the novels of the Scottish writer I. Banks are considered. Utopian narratives are found both in the science-fiction cycle devoted to the civilization of Culture and in the novel "Business". Art modeling of the fundamental strategies of the society development characteristic for the New time, reveals their internal inconsistencies. Preindustrial, patriarchal living forms are offered instead. Novels by I. Banks visually demonstrate the feature of modern public consciousness and the absence of ideal future representations. In the article fantastic and realistic I. Banks’ novels are compared from the point of this utopian ideal.


  • • Iain Banks
  • • utopian narratives
  • • business
  • • revolution of managers


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