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Dystopian Literature

Guide to Dystopian Literature Research for ENG 4 (M. Gonzales; L.Duran)

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dystopian literatureUtopia and dystopia are genres of speculative fiction that explore social and political structures.

Common Features of Dystopian Literature:

  • Society controlled by entity or ideology (corporate, government, religious, technological)
  • Protagonist feels oppressed, seeks escape
  • Technology and propaganda used to manipulate and control
  • Nature is something to be conquered

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Literary CriticismStudies that define, classify, analyze, interpret, and evaluate individual works of literature or an author's complete works.

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