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Copy of The Future Tomorrow – Teens, Technology, Dystopic Visions and Beyond…

This unit is an exploration of the concept of dystopia and will consider how dystopic discourses are mobilised in texts.

Brooke Effler

on 2 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of The Future Tomorrow – Teens, Technology, Dystopic Visions and Beyond…

Genre Theory A broader, cultural studies approach not only validates genres as a reflection of social consciousness but as a demonstration of how meaning can be shaped and shifting ideological values and attitudes are represented. More on Genre... The FUTURE TOMORROW Teens, Technology, Dystopic Visions and Beyond... **A Reminder!** "Genre" is a constant process of negotiation and change" ~ David Buckingham
The term "GENRE" is a Latin derivative referring to 'kind', 'type' or 'sort' ~ According to Oxford English Dictionary
A useful classification tool
Sets up 'established categories of compostiion, characterised by distincitve style, language or subject matter' HOWEVER... Genre conventions are not proscriptive, giving flexibility within evolving patterns of repetition and re-interpretation. Genre are evolutionary - resoponding to different pressures for change. Popular genres such as Science Fiction have longevity and continue to thrive because of ther inherent adaptability and diversity of interpretation and representation. The Future Tomorrow... Your vision of the future...? What will be better?
What will be worse?
What will be the same? Problems? Solutions? Problems? Problems? What if? Speculative fiction and Science Fiction poses the question "What if...?" What if...? What may be...? What might have been...? ??? Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifcally science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction and alternate history in
literature. ‘Some experts define speculative fiction as “genre” fiction. A lot of readers think speculative fiction consists of science fiction and fantasy only. Other readers include horror, mystery and romance. To me, it is writing that pushes the boundaries of the imagination. A good speculative fiction story would make you think, provide a new insight into human nature or even give you a new outlook on life.’ SCIENCE FICTION: Deals with imaginary but more-or-less plausible content, such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens and paranormal abilities; the consequences of scientifc innovations; and alternative possible worlds or futures. ~ Wikipedia SPECULATIVE
FICTION Clarify terms: Superhero
Fiction Dystopic Fiction Supernatural Fiction Fantasy Horror Science Fiction Speculative
Fiction Utopian vs Dystopian fiction Apocalyptic vs
Post-Apocalyptic fiction Alternate History Science Fiction Retro-
future! The genre of Science fiction begins in the 1880s. The central theme is futuristic, as well as the issue of technology and ideology of how this will affect society. Science fiction is speculative. It asks the questions about the world, the universe, our future and ourselves, including 'what makes us human?' Often, there is a binary opposition or juxtaposition of MAN vs MACHINE. Discourse is a viewpoint or opinion shaped by the culture and society from when and where it came. Societal attitudes and discourse The dominant discourse within our society, with respect to technology, is that it is a good thing, it is valued and that we need it. Science fiction, by its nature, is an oppositional discourse because it challenges the dominant ideology that technology is good. Dystopia Technology If you can
think it?
dream it?
imagine it?
speculate it?
predict it?
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