What does dystopian literature mean?

It’s an enduring, if somewhat controversial, term in Australian literary circles, used to describe works set in the future, and it has become a catch-all term to describe a wide range of literary work.

The term’s origins date back to the 1920s when the poet Herbert Read published the book The Time Machine, which describes a time when the Victorian age had come to an end.

The Victorian era has been the subject of debate for decades as to whether or not it was the “end of the world”, but a new study suggests that many people in Australia are taking issue with the idea that it was.

While the study does not name any authors or any specific writers in the work, its authors suggest that some of the most influential writers in Australian literature in the 1920-30s were concerned with the impact of the Victorian era on society.

One of the earliest critics of Victorianism, the American poet Edward O. Wilson, was the first to describe the end of the Western world in the book What Is The Time?

He wrote: “All of humanity and all of mankind is in the dust of the old world.”

The term has since been used in a variety of contexts to describe various ideas, from post-apocalyptic dystopian novels to science fiction, which have been published over the last 50 years.

The study’s authors, Dr Mark Smeaton and Professor Robert Gifford, found that, in the period leading up to and following the First World War, more than 70% of the country’s writers were aware of the Great Depression.

“A substantial number of authors, such as John Barth, Edward Howard and H.G. Wells, were in favour of the end times, and they are all listed as members of the [Vic] Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or as members,” the authors wrote.

“However, in many instances they supported a ‘post-apocalypse’ outlook and were less optimistic than the rest of the population.”

The authors also found that about half of writers believed that the Great War was caused by a conspiracy by the United States Government.

The Great Depression had the potential to be a “disaster of catastrophic proportions” for many of the authors, as the economy was in “excellent shape” by the time of the war, and the financial crisis was in the process of becoming a real threat to society.

“Many authors, including Edward Howard, were sympathetic to the causes of the crisis and they were critical of the economic downturn,” the researchers wrote.

This led to a strong preference for “post-crisis” fiction.

“It is difficult to describe some of these writers as apocalyptic writers, as they were not particularly concerned with how the world might change or who might suffer or suffer badly, but they were generally sympathetic to societal changes,” they said.

“They did not necessarily have apocalyptic visions, but rather tended to think that the world was changing rapidly and was in need of a change.”

The study suggests the rise of a number of post-war authors, particularly in the 1940s, also influenced the writing of their own work.

While many of these authors did not support the notion that the war was caused directly by the Communist Party, many of them were aware that a war was about to break out and that they had to write fiction to prepare for it.

“Although some of them did not endorse the idea of the Second World War and the Cold War, they also tended to be sympathetic to social and economic change,” the study noted.

“For example, William Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson both wrote short stories about a war, while Ernest Hemingway, Edward Lear and Charles Dickens were both influenced by World War II.”

There is a lot more work to be done in understanding the way in which authors are using the term, and how they are expressing their views, the authors said.

Topics:history,literary-literature,books-literary,writing,fiction-and-nonfiction,federal-government,human-interest,australiaFirst posted January 18, 2020 12:36:49Contact Simon CarterMore stories from New South Wales