Narrating Utopia

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Narrating Utopia

Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 19

1999

May 1st, 1999

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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.

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Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents7
Acknowledgments8
Preface9
1. Introduction13
Dreams of Order41
2. The Utopian Dream of Order: More and his Successors43
3. Bellamy and Wells: The Dream of Order in the Modern World79
4. Dystopia: The Dream as Nightmare117
Dreams of Freedom151
5. Libertarian Alternatives: Morris, News from Nowhere; Bogdanov, Red Star; Huxley, Island153
6. A World of One’s Own: Separatist Utopias188
7: Dreams of Freedom: Piercy, Le Guin, and the Future of Utopia214
Notes249
Bibliography268
Index277