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Didactics and the Modern RobinsonadeNew Paradigms for Young Readers$
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Ian Kinane

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620047

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620047.001.0001

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Between Communitas and Pantheism

Between Communitas and Pantheism

Terry Pratchett’s Nation as a Post-Christian Robinsonade for a Postcolonial World

(p.169) Chapter Six Between Communitas and Pantheism
Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade

Anja Höing

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that the openness and egalitarianism of scientific discourse to be found in Terry Pratchett’s Nation functions as an alternative to the hierarchical structures imposed by colonialism. In addition, the chapter discusses the ways in which Pratchett attributes liminal potential to religious beliefs and posits the suggestion that pantheism is the most appropriate religious belief system within the social-scientific framework of his model post-colonial society. Finally, the chapter argues that Nation highlights the importance for young readers of addressing and critically reflecting on the issue of their own belief systems, in order to manage the difficulties of 21st-century living.

Keywords:   Terry Pratchett, Nation, liminality, communitas, 21st century religion, scientific discourse

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