The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature: Fiction as Social Criticism

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Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Out of the Night and Into the Dream: A Thematic Study of the Fiction of J. G. Ballard Gregory Stephenson
"More Real Than Reality": The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts Donald E. Morse and Csilla Bertha, editors
The Dark Descent: Essays Defining Stephen King's Horrorscape Tony Magistrale, editor
The Lost Worlds Romance: From Dawn Till Dusk Allienne R. Becker
The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production Brooks Landon
State of the Fantastic: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Fantastic Literature and Film: Selected Essays from the Eleventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 1990 Nicholas Ruddick, editor
The Celebration of the Fantastic: Selected Papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in The Arts Donald E. Morse, Marshall B. Tymn, and Csilla Bertha, editors
Staging the Impossible: The Fantastic Mode in Modern Drama Patrick D. Murphy, editor
Robert Silverberg's Many Trapdoors: Critical Essays on His Science Fiction Charles L. Elkins and Martin Harry Greenberg, editors
Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction Nicholas Ruddick
Science Fiction for Young Readers C. W. Sullivan III, editor
Science Fiction and the Theatre Ralph Willingham
Odd Genre: A Study in Imagination and Evolution John J. Pierce
Robbe-Grillet and the Fantastic: A Collection of Essays Virginia Harger-Grinling and Tony Chadwick, editors

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  • Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction: Utopia, Dystopia, and Social Critique 1
  • Notes 22
  • 1 - Zamyatin's We: Anticipating Stalin 25
  • Notes 44
  • 2 - Huxley's Brave New World: The Early Bourgeois Dystopia 47
  • Notes 66
  • 3 - Orwell's 1984: The Totalitarian Dystopia after Stalin 69
  • Notes 89
  • 4 - The Bourgeois Dystopia After World War II 91
  • Notes 112
  • 5 - Postmodernism with a Russian Accent: The Contemporary Communist Dystopia 115
  • Notes 138
  • 6 - Skepticism Squared: Western Postmodernist Dystopias 141
  • Notes 170
  • Postscript: Literature and Dystopia 173
  • Works Cited 179
  • Index 193
  • About the Author 199
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