A lot of snow out of one cloud: : A Concordance Analysis of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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Other TitlesRethinking the Ekumen in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
A Concordance Analysis of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle
AbstractWhereas prior academic studies of the Hainish Cycle have been primarily produced by means of textual analysis, I demonstrate that a concordance analysis of its six novels reveals significant, yet heretofore overlooked, ecological aspects of Le Guin’s series. As becomes apparent, snow imagery literalises the Hainish Cycle’s New Wave moves from technological, to biological and sociological concerns, emphasising the series’ significant challenge to the technophilic assumptions and eschatological foundations of the preceding Golden Age. Accordingly, this article demonstrates the primacy of the datum of snow within the narratives of the Hainish Cycle novels, and delineates its important contribution to the series’ SFnal dialectic on aggregate.
CitationHay, J. (2021). A lot of snow out of one cloud: A concordance analysis of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle. Hélice: Critical Thinking on Speculative Fiction 7(2), 23-37.
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