Lauren Beukes (2703 words)

Madeleine Wilson (University of New South Wales )
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Lauren Beukes is a contemporary South African novelist, non-fiction writer, comic book creator, writer of short stories, television scriptwriter, and documentary maker. She is best known for her award-winning novels, which typically bypass traditional genre categories (merging science fiction, noir, thriller, fantasy, Gothic, dystopian and horror) and playfully engage with philosophical issues arising from cutting edge technological advances and pop culture – while also delivering a searing critique of social problems such as racial or gendered violence. “There are a lot of social issues that leak through my novels”, she says. “It comes from having grown up under a terrible repressive racist regime (aka …

Citation: Wilson, Madeleine. "Lauren Beukes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 November 2016 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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