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THE THIN LINE BETWEEN HELL AND HERE: DYSTOPIAN FICTION UNDER NEOLIBERALISM A Thesis Submitted to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences TRENT UNIVERSITY Peterborough, Ontario, Canada © Copyright by Sezen Turkmen 2017 Theory, Culture and Politics M.A. Graduate Program May 2017
ii ABSTRACT The Thin Line Between Hell and Here: Dystopian Fiction Under Neoliberalism Sezen Turkmen The end of the Cold War and the global triumph of neoliberalism were accompanied by the evolution of certain themes in dystopian fiction. According to some of its advocates, such as Francis Fukuyama, neoliberalism’s success signified the “ end of history ,” understood as ideological evolution, since the decline of communism left Western liberal democracies without any major opposition in terms of global governing and discursive practices. This thesis critically compares neoliberal rhetoric concerning invisible power, the end of history, technology, freedom of consumption and the commodification of human relationships with the ideologies represented in four neoliberal dystopian works of fiction, namely Black Mirror , Feed , The Circle , and The Fat Years . These examples create a “one - dimensional” dystopian subject who is rendered incapable of possessing the utopian imagination necessary to organize political resistance, precisely as a result of the governance and discourse of neoliberalism. Keywords: neoliberalism, dystopia, dystopian fiction, utopia, post Cold War fiction, neoliberal subject, dystopian subjectivity, Black Mirror , Feed , The Circle , The Fat Years .