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Darkening visions: Dystopian fiction in contemporary Finnish literature

This literary studies project focuses on contemporary Finnish dystopian fiction and dystopian tendencies in contemporary Finnish culture as portrayed in literature.

From a comparative point of view, dystopian fiction is a transcultural undertaking, as writers from many cultures, language areas and historical periods have participated in forging its forms and thematic variations. Finnish dystopian fiction is a rather recent literary phenomenon, as it has become a strong literary trend only since the 1990s. However, it shows considerable awareness of the international traditions, domesticating many of its subgenres and variations into Finnish literature. At the same time, it is creating traditions of its own. The current project examines an array of contemporary Finnish dystopian fiction in a comparative and multi methodological frame.

In general, the term ‘dystopia’ is often understood as the opposite literary form of utopia. While utopia refers to a good or ideal place, dystopia denotes an unequal, oppressive and frightful future society. However, the dystopian and utopian traditions actually have much in common. Both genres or traditions are critical forms of (literary) fiction creating a comparison between the present-day and the fictional future. Although dystopia is a relatively recent trend in contemporary Finnish fiction, it seems to have become a predominant literary form of anticipating and predicting both the national and global futures of humankind.

In recent years, Finnish literature has imagined various kinds of dystopian places and conditions, meaning that simple definitions have proven to be inadequate. Therefore, by ‘dystopian fiction’, we refer to the numerous traditions that portray undesirable societal, ecological, and climactic conditions and processes. These traditions include classical dystopias, apocalyptic fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction, to mention certain prominent subgenres. In addition, other terms, such as climate fiction, catastrophe fiction, ecological dystopia, feminist dystopia, dystopian satire and dystopian fairy tale can be used to refer to the works under study.

Finnish dystopian fiction discusses issues such as climate change, drought, deluge, the extinction of species, famine, totalitarianism, wars, eugenics, and sexual oppression by imagining futures where these phenomena play a crucial role.

The project is funded by the Finnish foundation Koneen Säätiö (Kone Foundation) and will run from 2015 to 2019. The project will co-arrange several conferences and publish journal articles, special issues and monographs on the topic.

For more information, please contact the members of the project.

 
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