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Even better than the real thing: Counterfeit realities and twentieth century dystopian fiction.
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för filmvetenskap, historia, litteraturvetenskap, medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap och statsvetenskap.
2001 (English)In: Human IT, ISSN 1402-1501, E-ISSN 1402-151X, Vol. 5, no 2-3, 233-289 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the theme of artificial and/or mediated reality has been recurrent in popular cinema (The Matrix, The Truman Show, The Cell, etc.). This trend reflects a growing awareness of how information technologies obfuscate traditional boundaries of what is real and what is not. The article draws a cultural background to these films, and, by extension, to our so-called age of information by examining a number of older fictional works in which technologies of representation and simulation are explored in more or less dystopian terms. In a trajectory including otherwise unrelated works, such as J. K. Huysmans’ Against Nature and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, we find a number of familiar themes and images presented with a striking degree of continuity: the neglect of the body, the deterioration of social and familial bonds, the loss of history and literary culture, the retreat from reality into a world of engineered hallucinations.

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Borås, 2001. Vol. 5, no 2-3, 233-289 p.
Keyword [en]
Dystopian fiction, science fiction
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5777OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5777DiVA: diva2:274628
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IT, berättandet och det litterära systemet
Available from: 2009-10-30 Created: 2009-10-30 Last updated: 2011-08-09Bibliographically approved

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