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2018 | 15/3 | 163-180

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Solidarity, dystopia, and fictional worlds in contemporary narrative TV series


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Solidarność, dystopia, światy fikcjonalne we współczesnych narracyjnych serialach telewizyjnych

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One of the most spectacular cultural macro-events of the last five years, the rise of high-brow narrative TV series has proven to be indicative of several tendencies in contemporary audio-visual culture, both in Europe and in the US. The presentation of dystopian fictional worlds in Mr Robot, Westworld, Utopia, Legion, and several other series is perhaps the most significant manifestation of both the maturity of the TV series form, and the unfaltering interest of audio-visual culture in the utopian/dystopian subject matter. This paper illustrates the connection of the TV series to both solidarity and dystopia, and explains how contemporary TV series has decidedly manifested its artistic ambitions.
Rozwój narracyjnego serialu telewizyjnego, który dało się zaobserwować w kulturze angloamerykańskiej w ostatnich pięciu latach, w dużej mierze zbiegł się z zainteresowaniem narracją dystopijną. Teksty takie jak Mr. Robot, Westworld, Opowieść podręcznej, Legion, czy Utopia w istotny sposób przedefiniowują konwencje, które kojarzyliśmy z narracjami telewizyjnymi. Artykuł przedstawia artystyczne aspekty wybranych współczesnych seriali telewizyjnych, analizując jednocześnie fikcjonalne światy dystopijne, które zostały w tych utworach przedstawione.





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  • Uniwersytet Gdański


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