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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 (first published November 24th 2016)
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Ryan Denson
Reread this over the course of the last month or so. It still holds up well as a riveting work of literary history, though I do now wonder about some the historical materials, and if that section was written with the literary dystopias in mind too much, perhaps slightly distorting the overall picture. It would be interesting to see how a historian of totalitarian regimes would view that section.

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Ghislain
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ouvrage autant passionnant que glaçant. L’analyse est solide, les références très nombreuses (et précieuses). Seule la dernière partie traitant des dystopies dans la littérature m’a semblé plus en retrait. Alors même que j’en attendais beaucoup (trop certainement). Lecture que je recommande particulièrement, d’autant plus dans le contexte international actuel.
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