The Age of Dystopia: One Genre, Our Fears and Our Future
This book examines the recent popularity of the dystopian genre in literature and film, as well as connecting contemporary manifestations of dystopia to cultural trends and the implications of technological and social changes on the individual and society as a whole. Dystopia, as a genre, reflects our greatest fears of what the future might bring, based on analysis of the present. This book connects traditional dystopian works with their contexts and compares these with contemporary versions. It centers around two main questions: Why is dystopia so popular now? And, why is dystopia so popular with young adult audiences?
Since dystopia reflects the fears of society as a whole, this book will have broad appeal for any reader, and will be particularly useful to teachers in a variety of settings, such as in a high school or college-level classroom to teach dystopian literature, or in a comparative literature classroom to show how the genre has appeared in multiple locales at different times. Indeed, the book’s interdisciplinary nature allows it to be of use in classes focussing on politics, bioethics, privacy issues, women’s studies, and any number of additional topics.
Louisa MacKay Demerjian lives and teaches in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She received her Master’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. This project brings together her interests in politics, culture and literature. As a teacher of first year college students, she has seen the need for those students to develop their critical thinking and reading skills, and believes that studying dystopian literature and film would help those young adults to be more critically aware.
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