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Many dystopian authors foresee a dismal future for humanity, writing fictions that warn readers of impending doom if current societal conditions remain unchanged. Other authors use metaphors and symbols to shine a spotlight on present day injustices, using their stories to advocate for much needed changes. The protagonists they create for us are often “saviors” living in Anti-Edens who arise from an undervalued social group, blazing a trail to a better life for those who are oppressed. Their stories frequently walk a fine line balanced between hope and despair, between light and dark, and between good and evil.
In this talk by Dr. Gail Essmaker, she discusses the history of dystopian literature, how it has evolved, and its impact on our culture.

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