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The trickiness of inserting politics into fiction makes Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale even more remarkable in retrospect.
But now that I'm thinking about the very fine line between politically charged fiction and fiction as a vehicle for social criticism, I'm following Dickens, Wharton, Thackeray, and, oh, just about everyone down a rabbit hole of undergraduate-caliber profundity and, dammit, I'm on deadline, K!


If you haven't already I think it would be worthwhile to try out Sarah Hall's "Daughters of the North" which has a similar lesbian collective in dystopian setting (global warming impact concluded) but develops it in a way that acknowledges fiction's destabilizing nature. And it still managed to ask a lot of great questions.

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