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The Cambridge companion to utopian literature / edited by Gregory Claeys
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN56.U8 C36 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Utopias in literature
Dystopias in literature
Utopias -- History
Science fiction, English -- History and criticism
Physical Description xvi, 295 p.; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "Since the publication of Thomas More's genre-defining work Utopia in 1516, the field of utopian literature has evolved into an ever-expanding domain. This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Chapters address the difficult definition of the concept of utopia, and consider its relation to science fiction and other literary genres. The volume takes an innovative approach to the major themes predominating within the utopian and dystopian literary tradition, including feminism, romance and ecology, and explores in detail the vexed question of the purportedly 'western' nature of the concept of utopia. The reader is provided with a balanced overview of the evolution and current state of a long-standing, rich tradition of historical, political and literary scholarship"-- Provided by publisher
Contents The concept of utopia / Fátima Vieira -- Thomas More's Utopia : sources, legacy, and interpretation / J.C. Davis -- Utopianism after More : the Renaissance and Enlightenment / Nicole Pohl -- Paradise transformed : varieties of nineteenth-century utopias / Kenneth M. Roemer -- The origins of dystopia : Wells, Huxley and Orwell / Gergory Claeys -- Utopia, dystopia and science fiction / Peter Fitting -- Utopia and romance / Patrick Parrinder -- Feminism and utopianism / Alessa Johns -- Colonial and postcolonial utopias / Lyman Tower Sargent -- 'Non-western' utopian traditions / Jacqueline Dutton -- Ecology and dystopia / Brian Stableford
Series Cambridge companions to topics
Alternate Author Claeys, Gregory

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