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Edward James

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039324

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.001.0001

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Cultural Critique

Cultural Critique

(p.73) Chapter 4 Cultural Critique
Lois McMaster Bujold

Edward James

University of Illinois Press

The clash of cultures, between societies and within societies, with both negative and positive results, is an underlying theme in much of what Bujold has written. This chapter examines this theme primarily as it appears in Bujold's science fiction. It shows that one of the main purposes of the theme of culture clash in Bujold's works is to cast light upon the societies of her readers: satire, in its original and broadest sense, is thus one of Bujold's concerns. Satire invariably has an ethical or moral dimension (the humorous dimension is often there in Bujold, but critics have not seen humor as an indispensible element of satire); and the moral world that Bujold builds is a significant part of her achievement. In most, but not in all, cases, Bujold lets us know clearly whose moral point of view we are supposed to support.

Keywords:   culture clash, Lois McMaster Bujold, women writers, women authors, science fiction writers, satire, moral world

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