In Search of a Lost Future: The Posthuman Child

  • Kinga Földváry
  • European Journal of English Studies, May 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13825577.2014.917008

Posthuman child figures in contemporary English fiction

What is it about?

It examines three contemporary British novels (John Banville’s The Infinities, Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz, and Emma Donoghue’s Room), focusing on child figures that can be interpreted as posthuman in that they embody contemporary society’s fears and anxieties about the future.

Why is it important?

Posthumanism as a discourse and theoretical investigation is extremely timely, and the vision of the future expressed with the help of these child characters is connected to broader socio-cultural discussions on the future of humanity, the role of art and social responsibility for the next generations.


Kinga Földváry
Pazmany Peter Katolikus Egyetem

Focusing on these minor characters in contemporary fiction allowed me to discover not only literary masterpieces but also showed me how powerful posthumanism as an interpretive context is, and how many meanings are expressed through child characters in all branches of art.

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