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Poetry and Science Fiction: – Richard Brautigan’s poem “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace” as an ecological dystopia
2016 (English)In: Messengers From The Stars, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I argue that Richard Brautigan’s poem “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace” is an ecological dystopia in the science fiction genre. Brautigan’s poem creates a post-pastoral image of a cybernetic ecology monitored and controlled by machines. The poem’s internal structure and tone provide an ironic commentary to its theme of a utopian project, highlighting its internal conflicts and showing its impossibility. I argue, therefore, that the poem is a critique of the ecological utopias of the 60s and can be read accordingly.

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Messengers From The Stars, University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) , 2016. no 1
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Brautigan, Cybernetic Ecology, Ecocriticism, Ecotopia, Science-Fiction, Humanities, Humaniora
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145037DiVA, id: diva2:1183601
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article; 2017-06-28T13:15:49.339+02:00

Available from: 2018-02-18 Created: 2018-02-18 Last updated: 2018-02-18

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