master's thesis
Projections of history, art, and culture into the future of dystopian novels

Mia Janiček (2015)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleProjekcije povijesti, umjetnosti i kulture u budućnost distopijskih romana
AuthorMia Janiček
Mentor(s)Borislav Berić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Utopia is a word coined by Thomas More and it signifies a perfect imaginary society. John Stuart Mill coined the word dystopia, which basically denotes a bad imaginary society. Dystopias are written because writers want to warn the society of potential negative consequences the current situation may cause. Heterotopia is a haven for protagonists of dystopian novels, which is often found in their memories. The most common themes of dystopian novels are eugenics, socialism, totalitarianism, and scientific and technological progress. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel because it deals with a totalitarian state in which science is used against the majority of people. In the novel, history is rewritten and manipulated by the Party; all forms of art that do not promote the Party or Big Brother are forbidden, and the society is divided into Big Brother, the Inner and the Outer Party, and the proles. People are always being watched, and the Party uses fear, psychological games, and violence to make people obey. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a dystopian novel because it describes the lives of artificially created people who live in a World State where the society is divided into castes. Babies are made thanks to ectogenesis, raised by nurses using conditioning and hypnopaedia, and taught to indulge in sexual freedom, worship Henry Ford, and consume soma and as much other goods as they can. Nobody is interested in history; art is considered a waste of time and it is prohibited, their culture is consumerist, and science and technology run people’s lives.
Parallel title (English)Projections of history, art, and culture into the future of dystopian novels
Committee MembersJadranka Zlomislić (committee member)
Biljana Oklopčić (committee member)
Borislav Berić (committee member)
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
History
History of Science
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major); specializations in: Teacher Training, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Philology
Study specializationTeacher Training
Academic title abbreviationmag. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmeCroatian Language and Literature (double major); specializations in: Teacher Training, Research Studies
Study specializationTeacher Training
Academic title abbreviationmag. philol. croat.
Genremaster's thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-30
Parallel keywords (Croatian)dystopia history art culture Nineteen Eighty-Four Brave New World
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:774457
CommitterLana Šuster