Narrating Utopia

Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature

Chris Ferns

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ISBN: 9780853235941

Publication: May 1, 1999

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 19

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Utopian societies exhibit a variety of ways of organising the financial, political and emotional relationships between people. For all this diversity, however, one thing that exhibits far less variation is the story, the framing narrative that accounts for how the narrator reaches the more perfect society and obtains the opportunity to witness its distinctive excellences. Narrating Utopia is about that story, the curious hybrid of the traveller’s tale and the classical dialogue that emerges in the Renaissance, but whose outlines remain clearly apparent even in some of the most recent utopian writing.

Acknowledgements Preface 1. Introduction Dreams of Order 2. The Utopian Dream of Order: More and his Successors 3. Bellamy and Wells: The Dream of Order in the Modern World 4. Dystopia: The Dream as Nightmare Dreams of Freedom 5. Libertarian Alternatives: Morris, 'News from Nowhere'; Bogdanov, 'Red Star'; Huxley, 'Island' 6. A World of One's Own: Separatist Utopias 7. Dreams of Freedom: Piercy, Le Guin, and the Future of Utopia Notes Bibiography Index

A well-written and worthy addition to the field of utopian studies.
  SFRA Review

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

240 Pages

Copyright: © 1999

ISBN: 9780853235941

Publication: May 1, 1999

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 19

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