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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature - Gregory Claeys

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature

By: Gregory Claeys (Editor)


Published: 5th August 2010
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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.

Brief chronology of key works of utopian literature and thought
The concept of utopia
Thomas More's Utopia: sources, legacy and interpretation
Utopianism after More: the Renaissance and Enlightenment
Varieties of nineteenth-century utopias
The origins of dystopia: Wells, Huxley and Orwell
Utopia, dystopia and science fiction
Utopia and Romance
Feminism and utopianism
Colonial and post-colonial utopias Lyman
'Non-western' utopian traditions
Ecology and utopia Brian
Further reading
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ISBN: 9780521714143
ISBN-10: 0521714141
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 5th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1