The Cambridge companion to utopian literature / edited by Gregory Claeys

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Subjects: Utopias in literature
Dystopias in literature
Utopias--History
Science fiction, English--History and criticism
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
Series: Cambridge companions to literature
Cambridge companions to literature
LC Classification: P, PN
Table of Contents: Notes on contributors
Preface
Brief chronology of key works of utopian literature and thought
PART I. HISTORY
1. The concept of utopia / Fatima Vieira 3
2. Thomas More's Utopia: sources, legacy, and interpretation / J. C. Davis 28
3. Utopianism after More: the Renaissance and Enlightenment / Nicole Pohl 51
4. Paradise transformed: varieties of nineteenth-century utopias / Kenneth M. Roemer 79
5. The origins of dystopia: Wells, Huxley and Orwell / Gregory Claeys 107
PART II. LITERATURE
6. Utopia, dystopia and science fiction / Peter Fitting 135
7. Utopia and romance / Patrick Parrinder 154
8. Feminism and utopianism / Alessa Johns 174
9. Colonial and postcolonial utopias / Lyman Tower Sargent 200
10. Ǹon-western' utopian traditions / Jacqueline Dutton 223
11. Ecology and dystopia / Brian Stableford 259
Further reading 282
Index 286
Additional Authors: Claeys, Gregory
Notes: LCCN: 2010021486
ISBN: 9780521886659 (hardback : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0521886651 (hardback : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780521714143 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0521714141 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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 Phol -- 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
Physical Description: xvi, 295 p. ; 23 cm
OCLC Number: 632227493
ISBN/ISSN: 9780521886659
0521886651
9780521714143
0521714141

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