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When fantasy becomes reality
Social commentary of 1980s Britain in Clive Barker’s Weaveworld
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When Clive Barker's Weaveworld was first published in 1987, it was quite understandably consigned to the genre of fantasy/horror. The book is undoubtedly a remarkable and thrilling example. However, when read from a different perspective, the tale transcends the immediate limitations of its genre to provide a thought-provoking and evocative reflection on the times in which it was written. These were the 1980s, and the decade was marked by a number of dramatic and unprecedented events regarding Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was at the helm of the British government with her monetarist fiscal policies, austerity measures, and the call for a return to core values. Broadly speaking, the villains of Weaveworld are notable for their Thatcherite traits. Conversely, Calhoun Mooney, Suzanna Parrish, and the Seerkind Immacolata collectively represent the forces for good in the novel, and, significantly, they oppose the vigorous virtues championed by Mrs Thatcher.

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