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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 225–246.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Portlandia , which premiered in 2011, avoids the future-oriented “inevitability effect” of the fin de siècle utopias by returning to an earlier moment in the utopian genre: the satirizing of a society somewhere on Earth. Portlandia presents a lightly fictionalized version of Portland, Oregon, as a happy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 119–136.
Published: 01 June 2015
... this long-standing aesthetic problem—what she calls the “inevitability effect”—from an unexpected angle: the satirical television show Portlandia . She begins by drawing a distinction between didactic futurological utopias that appeared in the aftermath of The Communist Manifesto (Edward Bellamy’s 1887...