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Title Utopian moments : reading utopian texts / edited by Miguel A. Ramiro Avilés and J.C. Davis
Published London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 174 pages)
Contents Introduction -- Systemic Remedies for Systemic Ills: The Political Thought of More's Utopia -- More's Utopia: Colonialists, Refugees and the Nature of Sufficiency -- Goodbye to Utopia: Thomas More's Utopian Conclusion -- So Close, So Far: The Puzzle of Antangil -- Microcosm, Macrocosm and 'Practical Science' in Andreae's Christianopolis -- Tommaso Campanella, The City of the Sun and the Protective Celestial Bodies -- 'A Dark Light': Spectacle and Secrecy in Francis Bacon's New Atlantis -- Gerrard Winstanley's The Law Of Freedom: Context and Continuity -- 'De Te Fabula Narratur': Oceana and James Harrington's Narrative Constitutionalism -- An Island with Potential: Henry Neville's The Isle Of Pines -- The Persian Moment in Denis Veiras's History of the Sevarambians -- Nature and Utopia in Morelly's Code De La Nature -- Sinapia , A Political Journey to the Antipodes of Spain -- Condorcet's Utopianism: Faith in Science and Reason -- Women's Rights and Women's Liberation in Charles Fourier's Early Writings -- A Tale of Two Cities: Robert Owen and the Search for Utopia, 1815-17 -- How to Change the World: Claude-Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon -- The Utopian Organization of Work in Icaria -- The Horror of Strangeness: Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward -- 'The Incompatibility I Could Not Resolve': Ambivalence in H.G. Wells's A Modern Utopia -- Utopian Journeying: Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward -- Conclusion -- Suggestions for Further Reading
Summary "Within literature, history, politics, philosophy and theology, the interpretation of utopian ideals has evolved constantly. Juxtaposing historical views on utopian diagnoses, prescriptions and on the character and value of utopian thought with more modern interpretations, this volume explores how our ideal utopia has transformed over time. Challenging long-held interpretations, the contributors turn a fresh eye to canonical texts, and open them up to a twenty-first century audience. From More's Utopia to Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Utopian Moments puts forward a lively and accessible debate on the nature and significance of utopian thought and tradition. Each essay focuses on a key passage from the selected work using it to encourage both the specialist and the reader new to the field to read afresh. Written by an international team of leading scholars, the essays range from the sixteenth century to the present day and are designed to be both stimulating and accessible."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Utopias in literature.
Genre/Form Utopian fiction.
Form Electronic book
Author Ramiro Avilés, Miguel Ángel.
Davis, J. C. (J. Colin)
ISBN 1849666849
9781849666848