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Dystopia: A Natural History

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Dystopia: A Natural History is the first monograph devoted to the concept of dystopia. Taking the term to encompass both a literary tradition of satirical works, mostly on totalitarianism, as well as real despotisms and societies in a state of disastrous collapse, this volume redefines the central concepts and the chronology of the genre and offers a paradigm-shifting unde ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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This lengthy study is an in-depth examination of the dystopian literary genre and the historical changes of its underlying themes (hence, the subtitle: ‘A Natural History’). Claeys focuses primarily on Anglophone literature and western history. It impressively looks at over 200 literary examples of dystopia and is divided up into three parts.

Part one serves as both an introduction to the dystopian genre and an overview of theoretical works on group psychology and sociology, primarily Le Bon’s cr
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