The book employs the concepts of utopia, dystopia, and anti-utopia in the analysis of a variety of phenomena such as literature, cinema, rock music, literary/cultural theories, as well as the practice of literature (socialist realism) and socio-political life.
Artur Blaim is Professor of English Literature at the University of Gdansk. He is the author of Gazing in Useless Wonder. English Utopian Fiction 1516-1800 (2013) and Robinson Crusoe and His Doubles (2016). He has co-edited several volumes on utopian/dystopian fiction and cinema like Spectres of Utopia. Theory, Practice, Conventions (2012) and Mediated Utopias (2015). His main research interests include utopia/dystopia in literature, film and other media, William Shakespeare, cultural semiotics, and desert island narratives.