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Mechanism, Collectivism, and Humanity: The Origins of Dystopian Literature, 1810–1945

Gregory Claeys

in Dystopia: A Natural History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198785682
eISBN:
9780191827471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785682.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, World Modern History

This chapter commences with a survey of the scholarship on the literary dystopia, chiefly since World War II. It surveys the chief trends and definitions in this field, and problems of boundaries, ... More


After the Last Utopians

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores contemporary everyday utopias that embrace the central values associated with Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman—institutions, sites, ... More


Vaporizing the Soviet Myth: Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Gregory Claeys

in Dystopia: A Natural History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198785682
eISBN:
9780191827471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785682.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, World Modern History

Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) remains the greatest of all the literary dystopias. Big Brother, thoughtcrime, doublethink, the telescreen, Newspeak: this ‘Orwellian’ vocabulary is almost ... More


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