Dystopian literature portrays future societies which are far worse than those experienced by the author and the readers. Dystopias are negative places where freedom is suppressed and the population is completely subjugated to the will of a single party or a small group of controllers. In many cases, dystopias are also characterised by the complete mechanisation and standardisation of all private and social activities. In this sense, dystopias are not only the antithesis of utopia, but also and more importantly a powerful warning against the most dangerous tendencies of modern society.

Dystopia is one of the most important and recognizable literary genres of the twentieth century, and is becoming more and more popular in the last decade with its constant presence in movies, comic books and other media.

My PhD research at UCL focuses on the British and German dystopian texts published in the 1920s and 30s. In the interwar era, these works became an important literary response to the threat of totalitarianism, standardisation and militarisation. My thesis deals both with classics of the genre, such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and other less-known but extremely interesting novels.