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Dystopian Literature: Dystopian Novels (1872 to 1960's)

Dystopian Novels (17325 to 1909)

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Dystopian Novels (1960's)

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What is a Dystopia?

A dystopia is a hypothetical or imaginary society, often found in science fiction and fantasy literature.  They are characterized by elements that are opposite to those associated with utopia (utopias are  places of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions).  A dystopia is, therefore, a place in which humanity is dehumanized and people live fearful lives.  Furthermore, governing these societies are totalitarian regimes and often are faced with severe environmental catastrophes.  Common elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues to politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future.

--This definition was written using the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, The Free Online Dictionary, and Dictionary.com. 

Dystopian Novels (1921 to 1938)

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Subject Guide

Dystopian Novels (1940 to 1957)

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