Dystopian Worlds

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Dystopian Worlds

  1. 1. Dystopia (Greek: dys ‘bad’ + tópas ‘place’) Monday, March 16, 2009
  2. 2. Dystopia A dystopian society is characterized by misery, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution. A vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia (an ideal community). Monday, March 16, 2009
  3. 3. Utopia - Origins Utopia is a name for an ideal community or society, taken from the title of a book written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More that described a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. His ideas were based on Plato’s Republic. Monday, March 16, 2009
  4. 4. Dystopia Dystopias (imaginary future worlds) serve as a moral or political warning (called a cautionary narrative), often of the threat of oppressive regimes. Dystopian literature are often visions of quot;dangerous and alienating future societies,quot; intended to criticise current trends in culture. The term was coined in 1868 by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill. Monday, March 16, 2009
  5. 5. Dystopia Dystopias are common in science fiction. George Orwell's 1984, published in 1949, is one of most famous dystopian texts. The term “Big Brother” came into popular use from this novel. Monday, March 16, 2009
  6. 6. Characteristics Imaginary future in a nightmare world Oppressive regimes Dehumanizing technological advancements Cities or polluted wastelands Man-made disasters Monday, March 16, 2009
  7. 7. 1984 Monday, March 16, 2009
  8. 8. Brave New World Written by Aldous Huxley in 1932. One of the 20th century’s most famous dystopian novels. Set in London in 2540, all humans are part of one totalitarian state, free from war, hatred, poverty, disease, and pain. The price is a total absence of individual freedom. Monday, March 16, 2009
  9. 9. Contemporary Dystopian texts The Road by Cormac McCarthy - novel (2006) and film (2009) Pulitzer-winning novel - journey of man and his son in a post-apocalyptic world devoid of life Monday, March 16, 2009
  10. 10. Renaissance 2006 animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective film by French director Christian Volckman. Monday, March 16, 2009
  11. 11. Renaissance Monday, March 16, 2009
  12. 12. V for Vendetta - graphic novel and film Monday, March 16, 2009
  13. 13. Children of Men A futuristic society faces extinction when no children are born and the human race has lost the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden’s ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years. (Directed by Alfonso Cuarón) Monday, March 16, 2009
  14. 14. Matrix Trilogy Monday, March 16, 2009
  15. 15. Handmaid’s Tale A dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood (1985). The novel is set against the backdrop of a totalitarian pseudo-Christian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government in the near future. Monday, March 16, 2009
  16. 16. Minority Report In Washington, D.C., in the year 2054, murder has been eliminated. The future is seen and the guilty punished before the crime has ever been committed. (Directed by Steven Spielberg) Monday, March 16, 2009
  17. 17. Sources http://hem.passagen.se/replikant/1984_dystopia.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopian_and_dystopian_fiction http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/the-top-50-dystopian- movies-of-all-time/ Monday, March 16, 2009

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