White Saviors and Noble Savages: Complicating Saviorism, Agency, and Appropriation in Frank Herbert’s 'Dune'

Rodgers, Andrew C.


  • My research engages with critiques of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune in order to raise questions about the impact of authorial intent and appropriation on the aesthetic and moral value of a work of fiction. In particular, I focus on arguments that the text employs harmful tropes like the white savior, an effortlessly capable protagonist who can save an indigenous population from a ... read more
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