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Critical theory and dystopia

By Patricia McManus

Critical theory and dystopia
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3973-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Media Studies, Literature, Modern philosophy: since c 1800, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory, PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Critical Theory
  • Series: Critical Theory and Contemporary Society

Description

Critical theory and dystopia offers a uniquely rich study of dystopian fiction, drawing on the insights of critical theory. Asking what ideological work these dark imaginings perform, the book reconstructs the historical emergence, consolidation and transformation of the genre across the twentieth century and into our own, ranging from Yevgeny Zamayatin's We (1924) and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932) to Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1963) and Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games series (2000s and 2010s). In doing so, it reveals the political logics opened up or neutered by the successive moments of this dystopian history.

Contents

Introduction
1 Negative commitment at work
2 Orwell and the classic dystopia
3 Dystopia and the past
4 Michel Houellebecq and the end of dystopia?
5 American dystopia
Index

Author

Patricia McManus is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton

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