From Milton to Atwood, the canon abounds with stories of perfect worlds destroyed by human folly. Dr Tate explores competing versions of paradise imagined by writers including HG Wells, JG Ballard and Toni Morrison. Is heaven-on-earth an indispensable dream or dangerous nostalgia? Can literature “save paradise” or help it get lost?
A lecturer in English and American literature at Lancaster University, Dr Andrew Tate specialises in postmodern fiction and the interplay of literature and spirituality.