|aThe Cambridge companion to utopian literature /|c[edited by] Gregory Claeys.
|aCambridge :|bCambridge University Press,|c2010.
|a295 p. ;|c24 cm.
|aCambridge companions to topics
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|tThe concept of utopia /|rFatima Vieira -- |tThomas More's Utopia : sources, legacy, and interpretation /|rJ.C. Davis -- |tUtopianism after More : the Renaissance and Enlightenment /|rNicole Pohl -- |tParadise transformed : varieties of nineteenth-century utopias /|rKenneth M. Roemer -- |tThe origins of dystopia : Wells, Huxley and Orwell /|rGergory Claeys -- |tUtopia, dystopia and science fiction /|rPeter Fitting -- |tUtopia and romance /|rPatrick Parrinder -- |tFeminism and utopianism /|rAlessa Johns -- |tColonial and postcolonial utopias /|rLyman Tower Sargent -- |t'Non-western' utopian traditions /|rJacqueline Dutton -- |tEcology and dystopia /|rBrian Stableford.
|a"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"-- |c Provided by publisher.
|aUtopias in literature.
|aDystopias in literature.
|aScience fiction, English|xHistory and criticism.