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British Literature

“Nineteen Eighty-Four” and the Genre of Dystopia

June 10, 2021

In “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, there is a commitment to showing the potential of a totalitarian government to deliberately challenge the notion of the real. Maybe that’s why the book remains completely relevant even today. […]

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Literature

John Wyndham: The Real Pioneer in Science Fiction

May 30, 2021

There are four different dark narratives in science fiction literature that shows a society after, before, and within an apocalypse. The narrative of ‘The Chrysalids’ describes a society after an apocalypse that happened some 1000 years earlier. […]

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British Literature

Dystopia and the Mechanisms of Totalitarian Rule

May 26, 2021

In a dystopia, the citizens can grasp the mechanics of the society they live in, but not its underlying motives. They can understand the ‘how’ but not the ‘why’. Orwell, Arendt, and Zamyatin all try to find the answer to this ‘why’ by looking at the society through the lens of totalitarianism. […]

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American Literature

“Herland”: A Feminist Utopia?

April 13, 2021

In “Herland”, three male explorers enter a women-only utopia in the jungle, and the education the men receive reveals how an all-woman society can sustain itself. […]

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American Literature

Utopia and Feminism: The Case of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

April 13, 2021

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was writing at a time when the First Wave of Feminism was only beginning. She was one of the women who campaigned for equal voting rights. In this context, her literary works have contributed immensely to the movement. […]

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