Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake as a Critique of Technological Utopianism

Keywords: dystopian fiction, Margaret Atwood, nostalgia, Oryx and Crake, technological utopianism


While there are major works tracing the themes of belonging and longing for home in contemporary fiction, there is no current study adequately addressing the connection between dystopian novel and nostalgia. This paper aims to illustrate how the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood uses nostalgia as a framework to level a critique against technological utopianism in her dystopian novel Oryx and Crake (2003). The first novel in Atwood’s “MaddAddam Trilogy” problematizes utopian thought by focusing on the tension between two utopian projects: the elimination of all suffering and the perfection of human beings by discarding their weaknesses. Despite the claims of scientific objectivity and environmentalism, the novel exposes the religious and human-centered origins of Crake’s technological utopian project. Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is an ambiguous work of science fiction that combines utopian and dystopian elements into its narrative to criticize utopian thought.

Author Biography

Murat Kabak, Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey

Murat Kabak is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of English Language and Literature, Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey. He received his M.A. degree in English Literature at Boğaziçi University. He is currently a doctoral student in the English Literature program at the Institute for Graduate Studies in Social Sciences, Boğaziçi University. His research interests include contemporary novel, contemporary theory and criticism, and media studies.


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How to Cite
Kabak, M. (2021). Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake as a Critique of Technological Utopianism. English Studies at NBU, 7(1), 37-50.