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Conclusion: <i>JPod</i> and Coupland in the future

Andrew Tate

in Douglas Coupland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074882
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0006
Conclusion: JPod and Coupland in the future

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This chapter uses JPod, Coupland's surreal tenth novel, to re-read aspects of his work and, in particular, his recurrent interest in visions of the future. It uses this absurdist science-project or anti-art manifesto as a lens through which to review his creative work and its aesthetic and ideological implications. Whatever the future of Coupland's writing, it is unlikely to be found in a retreat into the past. The twenty-first century landscape of his recent fiction is frequently troubled; it is marked by random violence, loneliness and moral ambiguity. But, the future is dynamically open. A comforting vision of the past holds no temptation for this writer of the ambiguous, dangerous, beguiling present and possible future.

Keywords: JPod; Coupland's novel; Coupland's writing; surreal novel

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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