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

Nelson Arteaga Botello


The author analyzes the television series The Man in the High Castle. A uchronia inspired by the novel of the same name by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, the series poses an alternate history in which Germany and Japan have vanquished the Allies in World War II. The show allows viewers to examine how spaces of domination and power are linked, how they are different in a historical fiction, and how this makes it possible to express a catharsis and a model of interpretation for actors, events, and ongoing risks in societies of today, particularly in the U.S. To do this, the series alters and inverts the current geography of global power, identity, and the culture of groups, hierarchies, and social relations, the functioning of cities, and technological development. This allows it to take a political and social position about our present from the standpoint of an alternative past.


uchronia; visual icons; colonial; post-colonial; television series

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


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