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Utopian literature has given voice to the hopes and fears of the human race from its earliest days to the present. The only single-volume anthology of its kind\, The Utopia Reader encompasses the entire spectrum and history of utopian writing-from the Old Testament and Plato's Republic, to Sir Thomas More's Utopia and George Orwell's twentieth century dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, through to the present day.

The editors of this definitive collection demonstrate the various ways in which utopias have been used throughout history as veiled criticism of existing conditions and how peoples excluded from the dominant discourse-such as women and minorities-have used the form to imagine empowering alternatives to present circumstances.

An engaging tour through the dissident, polemic, and satirical tradition of utopian writing, The Utopia Reader ultimately provides a telling portrait of civilization's persistent need to imagine and construct ideal societies.

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"The Utopia Reader is a timely and provocative collection of utopia texts ... and an excellent introduction to the vast field of utopianism."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814715710
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 216,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Claeys is Professor of the History of Political Thought at the University of London, and author of several books.

Lyman Tower Sargent, Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, is author and editor of numerous books including Extremism in America and Political Thought in the United States (also available from NYU Press).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Utopianism before Thomas More 6
The Golden Age 7
Works and Days 7
Metamorphosis 8
Fourth Eclogue 8
Earthly Paradises 9
The Garden of Eden 9
The Elysian Fields 12
Islands of the Blest 12
The Middle Ages 13
Eden 13
The Land of Prester John 14
The Lawgivers 15
Solon 15
Lycurgus 16
Utopias and Utopian Satires 27
Republic 27
Ecclesiazusae 56
The Prophets 59
Hellenistic Utopias 60
Saturnalia 64
The Millennium 66
The Revelation of St. John 67
II Baruch 67
Monasticism 68
The Rule of St. Benedict 68
The Rule of St. Francis 70
The Cockaigne 71
Telecleides 71
Cockaigne 71
3 The Sixteenth Century 77
Utopia 77
The Abbey of Theleme 94
Of the Cannibals 99
4 The Seventeenth Century 104
Mundus alter et idem 104
The Tempest 105
The City of the Sun 106
New Atlantis 118
The Law of Freedom in a Platform 126
The Inventory of Judgements Commonwealth 128
The Commonwealth of Oceana 137
5 The Eighteenth Century 141
Gulliver's Travels 141
Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred 152
L'andrographe 163
Enquiry Concerning Political Justice 170
Greenfield Hill 175
Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind 176
The Constitution of Spensonia 180
6 The Nineteenth Century 182
Communal Societies as Utopias 182
Shakers 182
Amana or the Community of True Inspiration 186
Oneida 190
System of Criticism 191
Selections Describing the Phalanstery 192
American Fourierism 199
Sketch of a New Political System 202
The Paradise within Reach of All Men 206
The Book of the New Moral World 207
Voyage to Icaria 219
The Communist Manifesto 227
Erewhon 229
Looking Backward: 2000-1887 240
News from Nowhere 273
Caesar's Column 292
A Traveler from Altruria 301
7 The Twentieth Century 312
A Modern Utopia 312
Herland 319
We 329
Swastika Night 344
Brave New World 347
Brave New World Revisited 362
Darkness and the Light 363
Walden Two 372
"Walden Two Revisited" 390
Nineteen Eighty-Four 398
"The Day before the Revolution" 407
About the Editors 421
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