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LITERATURE MEME | 3 genres - (2) dystopia

Dystopian fiction presents a society (often futuristic) characterized by some kind of oppression, usually giving political or societal reasons for the mass dysfunction, making analogies to current, real-world problems. Notable examples of dystopian fiction are Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, George Orwell’s 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

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literature meme; first of three genres; southern gothic.
Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction unique to American literature that takes place exclusively in the American South. Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or disorienting characters, decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or coming from poverty, alienation, racism, crime, and violence. It is unlike its parent genre in that it uses these tools not solely for the sake of suspense, but to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South, with the Gothic elements taking place in a magic realist context rather than a strictly fantastical one. [more]
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LITERATURE MEME | 3 genres - (1) steampunk

A subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction, the word “steampunk” wasn’t officially coined until 1987, although elements of the genre have been seen in literature before then, such as in the works of Mervyn Peake in the 50s. The genre represents a sort of alternate-history world in which steam engines, automatons, and analog computers are often prominent elements of the universe. Steampunk works are often influenced by earlier “scientific romance” writers like Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells. Perhaps the most well-known work of steampunk fiction is the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman