Utopian and Dystopian Entanglements
In my paper, I analyze three texts: The Adventures of Don Chipote, or, When Parrots Breast-feed (1928) by Daniel Venegas; Lunar Braceros 2125-2148 (2009) by Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita; and Sleep Dealer (2009) directed by Alex Rivera. I argue that the American Dream signifies a utopia for marginalized communities in pursuit of a better life, but is also a shared ambition with dominant government and corporate structures that wield more power and influence to achieve this dream. I demonstrate the entanglement of utopia and dystopia in the science fiction texts, where the future government and corporations’ desired utopian vision is achieved through forms of neoliberalism, capitalism, outsourcing in global markets, and oppression – all of which render a dystopic social reality for marginalized communities.
 My definition of neoliberalism is from David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism, “a theory of political economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade” (2).