Neocolonial Auspices: Rethinking the Ekumen in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
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Other TitlesRethinking the Ekumen in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
AbstractAlthough the Ekumen in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle have frequently been read as a utopian social body, their policy of contacting native cultures frequently provokes the erasure of that same cultural multiplicity which they purport to value. Hence, the uneven cultural synthesis enacted by the Ekumen across the galaxy cannot be intended as a positive epistemology of multicultural society. Rather, throughout the Hainish Cycle, the colonial practices of the Ekumen rhetorically contrast the series’ emphasis upon the multifaceted forms of life and culture found across the unassimilated worlds of the galaxy. Accordingly, Le Guin’s series problematizes the colonial practices of the Ekumen through what we might profitably term its mundane dialectic, which consequently engenders a cogent means of neocolonial discourse.
CitationHay, J. (2021). Neocolonial auspices: Rethinking the Ekumen in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 32(1), 5-29.
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