Extrapolation

Critiques of Colonialism in Robin Hobb's Soldier Son Trilogy

Extrapolation (2014), 55, (1), 33–50.

Abstract

After a long history of failing to critically engage, in the past decade or so the popular fantasy genre has begun to taken on the troubling issues of colonialism and its legacies. This article explores the critique of colonialism and related racialised discourses in one example: Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. It argues that Hobb subverts tropes and structures of the fantasy genre to critically comment on the ideologies and practices of colonisation, placing her critique within Western popular culture.

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