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Please explain and discuss with reference to at least one of the literary texts we have read in our seminar. Jameson, born , is considered to be one of the foremost contemporary Marxist literary and cultural critics writing in English. Both politics wish to change the system. Everyday life involves how politics and a society are organized, e. Jameson This utopian perspective is utterly anonymous, because the citizens are seen as statistical population and not as individuals.

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Please explain and discuss with reference to at least one of the literary texts we have read in our seminar. Jameson, born , is considered to be one of the foremost contemporary Marxist literary and cultural critics writing in English. Both politics wish to change the system. Everyday life involves how politics and a society are organized, e. Jameson This utopian perspective is utterly anonymous, because the citizens are seen as statistical population and not as individuals.

The utopian population is characterized as easy-going, good tempered and leisure-loving. They enjoy most mental pleasures. Their attributed character prevents the reader from imagining the concrete daily life of an utopian individual; instead depersonalisation and anonymity are a fundamental part of this utopia.

Padmanabhan writes about a futuristic live in the year , when legal, moral and bioethical debates about organ sales and transplants have been overcome.

The scientific technology has advanced far enough to enable the prolongation of human life by body-transplants. Om, a young Indian man suffering from poorness and unemployment, sells the rights to his body parts to a buyer from the Western world. In change for organs Om can improve the living standard of his family with enough food and household goods: a toilet, a shower and television, later a mini-gym and luxury items.

Now they consume exciting technological products like the contact module. This science fiction module enables the family to communicate with the receivers. These characters present the contemporary global distribution of power, because Western companies dominate citizens in Third World countries by economic relations. Ginni, a beautiful, young, computer animated woman, wants to longer her life by living in bodies of other humans.

This stresses the disrespect for donors. In the end Jaya and Virgil, who is another receiver, fight via the contact module. She denies, but demands real closeness and trust.

This means that Virgil should risk something for her and accept his mortality. The resistance of Jaya warns the reader or the audience that one has to act or to govern instead of being governed like Om, Ma and Jeetu. A consensus among the family could weaken the power position of the receivers and the guards, but the selfish relatives always argue. Come on!

Padmanabhan 58 Jameson says that in utopian texts there is a loss of psychic privileges and spiritual private property. Every individual interest and politics must be excluded in the name of the General Will. They keep the family under surveillance through the contact module. The guards of the organisation InterPlanta Services function like an army for them. Nevertheless the deal with organs is seen as a chance by Ma and Om to improve their life.

Finally she orders a science fiction TV coach and stops having contact with anybody. Jameson and Padmanabhan review the problems that globalisation brings. While Third World countries have difficulties with misery, poverty and violence, Western nations are wealthy, use modern technologies and live with pleasure. Jameson 35 Nevertheless this point is simplified, because the reality is more complex.

In the First World, too, many people are economically exploited or are unemployed. Ramachandran Nowadays numerous people in the Third World, also children, work for Western companies under bad conditions. It seems that Om makes a voluntary decision to be a donor, but he decides under pressure of unemployment, starvation and poorness. Instead they live in affluence what is a common wish in most economically underdeveloped nations.

Consequently, there is greed which needs to be repressed by utopian laws and arrangements in order to arrive at some better and more human form of life. Most people are familiar with the fear, the lack of income and the negative consequences that unemployment brings. Psychic misery, demoralization, crime, drugs, violence, boredom, etc.

Jameson 38 Following a society without these roots of evil is a society where everybody has the chance to earn enough money for a satisfactory life by working. It shows a negative picture of the future. Whereas utopian fiction describes happiness within an ideal or perfect place or state or any visionary system of political and social perfection, in dystopian fiction the reader is confronted with a creation of a horrible or degraded society.

Under pressure of unemployment and his bad living conditions Om decides to sell his body parts. He is not the only one who wants to be a donor. As a result many people are greedy and cannot imagine a life without these things. Especially Ma develops greed for property and consumption. If one is unemployed one has time for hobbies and development of the personality.

In case of being employed one has less free time, because employer as well as colleagues expect that employees perform well. Moreover, not all jobs are interesting; some are also monotonous and one-sided. This includes the problem of boredom, which Jameson only relates to unemployment. This dystopian play bases on political and social arrangements that are against human dignity.

Padmanabhan wants her readers and the audience to get aware of problems that globalisation and capitalism bring. She criticizes the exploitation of people in Third World countries by First World employers.

Apart from this Padmanabhan shows the pressure applied to donors, furthermore the surveillance and violence that is used against the donor family. As a result the family members lose control over themselves. Sometimes people in responsible positions exert a lot of pressure in order to accelerate decisions or to manipulate others. Therefore, everybody has to be careful when deciding important matters in life.

Open communication with other people, enough information, support and education is necessary to avoid exploitation and mutilation of vulnerable human beings. Works Cited Jameson, Fredric. London: Aurora Metro Press.

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The unequal ones with more than a touch of necrophilic symbiosis about them, whether between the First World and the Third, the rich and the poor, husband and wife and lovers, or between a mother and her sons. And the future is used as a magnifying lens to look at a greedy and dead-end present - a soulless world without exits. Ostensibly, Harvest is about the sale of human organs: poor Indians selling various parts of their anatomy to rich Americans shopping for spare parts to replace theirs in a cannibalistic quest to hang on to youth. But Padmanabhan has taken it much further to look at our derailed society. The story revolves round a family of four: Om Prakash, who has made the Faustian deal, his mother Mrs Praycash as the Americans call her , his wife and brother. The other main character is the module in the room which seems to have materialised from some futuristic thriller; Ginni genie , the American lady, appears on it now and then like some Big Sister to see whether the Prakash family is following the rules.

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Start your review of Harvest Write a review Shelves: plays , science-fiction , india , dystopian Harvest is a darkly satirical play about relationships, within a family and between the 1st world and the 3rd world. The play is set in some near-future where the rich of the First World has begun to devour bits and pieces of the Third World poor. Harvest is really about the lengths people ready to walk on a path to destruction for various material needs, risking their individual dignity. Harvest is a darkly satirical play about relationships, within a family and between the 1st world and the 3rd world. It can make for a great intellectual discussion. But also so intensely thought provoking. Jun 14, Natalia Ahmed rated it really liked it A beautifully written play set in a dystopian future where the poor are forced to sell their bodies - literally - to the rich, in order to earn money to survive.

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