A Narratology of Dystopia during COVID-19: A Discourse in Social Media


  • Yosef Beco Dubi Kotebe Metropolitan University


narratology, dystopia, narrative, COVID-19, social media


Abstract: The purpose of this article is to analyse a narratology of COVID-19 which is presented in the form of public social media. This article argues that one of the core narratives within the present-day public issues is a discourse of dystopia. Rather than strictly focusing on what the social media expose the problems of the pandemic, the analysis examines how today’s world is presented through the dystopian narratives due to coronavirus. Narrative is employed as a research method for this study. Drawing on narrative data collection, the article shows that the plot structure of dystopia cuts across the data. It does so by looking more closely at three important elements of the dystopian narratives: how the world infected by COVID-19 is envisioned by the narrators, how the voice of the narrators is constructed, and how language is used. The analysis shows that the narratives resemble abysmally looping discourses through which the narratives fail to provide a utopian impulse, and consequently ends up supporting status quo.


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Dubi, Y. B. (2020). A Narratology of Dystopia during COVID-19: A Discourse in Social Media. Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 8(14), 64–79. Retrieved from https://nalans.com/index.php/nalans/article/view/244