graphing dystopia…

July 24, 2012

dystopia flowchart by Erin BowmanThis post is more about the poetry of flowcharts than it is about poetry.

If you’ve ridden the bus, taken a plane or gone to the beach lately, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of people are reading The Hunger Games, a “dystopian” fiction.

So what is dystopia anyway? Wikipedia says: “A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.”

If you’re not sure what qualifies as dystopian, start here, with Erin Bowman’s flowchart for decoding the genre.

If you’re curious what books have qualified as dystopian, have a look at the goodreads timeline of dystopian literature.

If you’re already hip-deep in The Hunger Games and wondering where to turn next, here’s a magnificent answer from the Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library.

And where does dystopian poetry fit in? “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot… “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats… “Fragments for the Gates of Times Square: The Fear of Neon” by Philena Pugh… Where’s the flowchart?!
Thanks to Media Bistro / Galley Cat


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