Introduction: Fiction in the age of risk

Tony Hughes-D’aeth (Lead / Corresponding author), Golnar Nabizadeh

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Abstract

When Ulrich Beck theorised a ‘Risk Society’ (Risikogesellschaft) in 1986, the threat of global annihilation through nuclear war remained uppermost in the minds of his readership. If we skip forward three decades to the contemporary moment, the question we ask in this special issue is whether the sensation of risk has mutated or evolved in the intervening period and whether fiction exhibits evidence of such a change. While the immediate risk of the Cold War’s ‘mutually assured destruction’ through World War Three seems to have ebbed, the paradox is that the social goal of safety and security seems not to have drawn any closer. Global financial collapse, Islamic terrorism, human-authored climate change, epidemic disease outbreaks, refugee crises and the chronic erosion of the welfare state now preoccupy those in the developed world and provide the horizons for our anxieties. These concerns run through contemporary fiction and are analysed in the essays in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-442
Number of pages4
JournalTextual Practice
Volume31
Issue number3
Early online date16 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2017

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Fiction
Climate Change
Destruction
Nuclear War
Cold War
Erosion
Threat
Safety
Paradox
Welfare State
Risk Society
Annihilation
Readership
Refugees
Terrorism
Anxiety

Keywords

  • Fiction
  • Judith Butler
  • Literature
  • Precarity
  • Risk
  • Ulrich Beck

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Hughes-D’aeth, Tony ; Nabizadeh, Golnar. / Introduction : Fiction in the age of risk. In: Textual Practice. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 439-442.
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