History as Reality and Fiction: The Worlds of The Man in the High Castle

Nelson Arteaga Botello

Abstract


This article analyzes the uchronic TV series The Man in the High Castle, inspired on the homonymous science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. The series presents an alternate history in which Germany and Japan have won the Second World War against the Allies. It allows for an examination of how the spaces of domination and power are articulated and distinguished in historical fictions and how this, in turn, allows for catharsis and poses a model for interpreting actors, events, and current risks in present-day societies –particularly, the American society. To accomplish this, the series alters the current geography of global power, the identity and culture of specific groups, social hierarchies and relations as well as the functioning of cities and of technological developments. This allows us consider The Man in the High Castle as a clear political and social stance regarding our present from the perspective of an alternate past.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2018.2.342

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