The dystopian beyond: George Orwell’s "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim

Abstract

Stretching behind the literal or metaphorical frontier, the beyond—regardless of its ontological status—constitutes, this article argues, a necessary complementary com- ponent of any dystopian reality that determines whether the dystopia in question is of the Orwellian or Hollywood type. Proposing to treat dystopia as a nonsemio- sphere (i.e., a potentially semiotic space that eliminates independent acts of meaning assignation and uncontrolled socializing), the article discusses various methods of construing and deconstructing the beyond of the Orwellian type as exempli ed in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Hence, the main focus is not on the core dystopian space of semiosis but, rather, on its periphery, boundary, and domains expected to be beyond dystopian control. What is taken into consideration are the political, social, temporal, psychological, textual, and generic “beyonds”.
Author Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim (FL/IEAS)
Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim,,
- Institute of English and American Studies
Journal seriesUtopian studies, ISSN 1045-991X, e-ISSN 2154-9648, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Vol31
No1
Pages142-163
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in Englishdystopia, the beyond, boundary, dystopian space, semiosphere, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
ASJC Classification1211 Philosophy
DOIDOI:10.5325/utopianstudies.31.1.0142
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 27-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.300
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