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Antonyms for dystopia

state in which the conditions of life are extremely bad as from deprivation or oppression or terror

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a work of fiction describing an imaginary place where life is extremely bad because of deprivation or oppression or terror

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Greimas' semiotic rectangle (of which Jameson will make frequent use) as Jameson refuses to describe Utopianism in terms of a simple opposition between Utopia and anti-Utopia.
The author of an earlier work on George Orwell, Rodden was stimulated to undertake an investigation of the German Democratic Republic by his perceptions of the similarities between Orwell's anti-utopia in Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Communist political system that arose out of the Soviet occupation of eastern Germany after the Second World War.
Here, in his first novel -- a political satire, nay, a parable, a negative anti-utopia -- he emerges as a menacing fabulist who deftly interweaves the moral fiber of several classical animal allegories in an ingenious manner.
Krishan Kumar, in Utopia and Anti-Utopia, quotes John Dewey:
1) In treating the utopian and dystopian narrative simply as variations on a similar impulse, I follow a tradition in such commentary best summed up by Peter Ruppert, who notes that "just as every utopia contains within it, explicitly or implicitly, an anti-utopia that it tries to transform, so every anti-utopia implies a utopian alternative, the construction of which is left up to the reader" (116).