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By M. Keith Booker

While literary utopias depict a terrific society and mirror an positive trust within the triumph of humanity and govt, dystopias current a society marked by means of discomfort as a result of human and political evils. This ebook bargains an in depth learn of a number of literary dystopias and analyzes them as social feedback. the amount starts with a dialogue of utopias, dystopias, and social feedback. by way of drawing upon the theories of Freud, Nietzsche, and others, Booker units a company theoretical origin for the literary explorations that stick with. The chapters that come subsequent talk about Zamyatin's We, Huxley's Brave New World, and Orwell's 1984 as social feedback of totalitarianism, Stalinism, the risks of capitalism, and fascism. Later chapters give some thought to dystopias after international struggle II, modern communist dystopias, and postmodernist dystopias within the West.

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