35) In this section, I build upon and re-frame Tom Moylan's useful distinction between critical dystopias
and anti-critical dystopias
Another difference between yesteryear's dystopias
and today's: The older authors were usually either trained in the sciences (Heinlein was a naval engineer; Anderson earned a B.
This variety of essay in the collection relies heavily on quotation, communicating as much as possible of the dystopia
in question in its own words, be it Cormac McCarthy's futureless future or Lisa Robertson's critique of a gentrified Vancouver.
It can be argued that all the dystopias
in the poetry volume are sublimated into the anguish and despair of the subaltern subject.
The silent prototype for elitist dystopias
I briefly note their pertinence to an understanding of utopia and dystopia
in writing in the fantastic.
Chapter 1, "The Classical Vision: utopias, Dystopias
and Science Fiction," serves as an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) recap of definitions of utopia/dystopia
, as well as a discussion of a variety of utopian/dystopian sf texts.
The politics of the (im)possible; utopia and dystopia
Wells, utopian engagement with canonical political theory, reader responses to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, "critical nostalgia" in contemporary literary and filmic dystopias
, the link between artistic creation and political activism in science fiction and the World Social Forum, and the concept of community in the World Conference Against Racism.
Topics include the gestalt of the urban imaginary, research that resists the erasure of places, presenting the modern cityscape as a reflection of the self, urban mindscapes as reflected in shop windows, resisting the impulse to "colonize" cities new to you, the meaning of Belfast Gothic, the urban dystopias
of Wells and Lang, cities in 1980s European cinema, television coverage of the "royal city" in media events, cartoons of European city culture, and imagery of classical Athens.
In 14 essays, film critics and multidisciplinary scholars treat his anti-humanist dystopias
of conflict with self and other, deviancy, and social control via science.
Worlds apart; dualism and transgression in contemporary female dystopias