INDIVIDUAL VERSUS SOCIETY IN THE DYSTOPIAN OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE XXth CENTURY
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The present paper has as its main theme the complex relationship between the individual and society in the anti-utopian literature of the first half of the XX-th century. As we know, this period has been an extremely prodigious one for the utopian literature, marking a decisive shift of perspective of the utopian imaginary. The reasons for this will be analyzed in the following pages, both from a synchronic and from a diachronic perspective. We will analyze the literary evolution of the utopian genre and the reasons that lead to its mutations, and also we will try to configure the paradigmatic changes in the collective imaginary that lead to the flourishing of anti-utopianism. We will thus try to understand the causes that lead to the emergence of the dystopian subgenre and to categorize them adequately. (Autorul)
Domenii de interes:
- studii literare
- literatura secolului XX
LIST OF ABREVIATIONS (pp. 7-8)
INTRODUCTION (pp. 9-12)
CHAPTER I (pp. 13-30) – From Nowhere to Erewhon: how utopia became dystopia
Man’s ancient dream of happiness; The dystopian nightmare; Dystopia versus utopia; The dystopian classics; Preliminary considerations.
CHAPTER II (pp. 31-48) – The Dystopian Society
The corrupting society; Social manipulation in dystopian literature; Class Organization; Propaganda; Physical and psychological constrictions; The absolute power.
CHAPTER III (pp. 49-62) – The Individual Accepting Society
The Machine Man; The Grand Inquisitors.
CHAPTER IV (pp. 63-82) – The individual rejecting society
The nature of rebellion; The dystopian instigators; The dystopian outsider; The failure of rebellion- some possible causes.
CONCLUSIONS (pp. 83-88)
BIBLIOGRAPHY (pp. 89-99)