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The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature

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Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828428
Size: 44.14 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
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Book Description: 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.


The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction

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Author: Edward James
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521016575
Size: 73.18 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 295
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The Cambridge Companion To Thomas More

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Author: George M. Logan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828487
Size: 71.84 MB
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
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Book Description: This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of a major figure of the modern world. Combining breadth of coverage with depth, the book opens with essays on More's family, early life and education, his literary humanism, virtuoso rhetoric, illustrious public career and ferocious opposition to emergent Protestantism, and his fall from power, incarceration, trial and execution. These chapters are followed by in-depth studies of five of More's major works - Utopia, The History of King Richard the Third, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation and De Tristitia Christi - and a final essay on the varied responses to the man and his writings in his own and subsequent centuries. The volume provides an accessible overview of this fascinating figure to students and other interested readers, whilst also presenting, and in many areas extending, the most important modern scholarship on him.


The Cambridge Companion To The City In Literature

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Author: Kevin R. McNamara
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107028035
Size: 23.14 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Book Description: This Companion offers readers an accessible survey of the historical and symbolic relationships between literature and the city.


Utopian Moments

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Author: J. C. Davis
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1849666857
Size: 43.35 MB
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Category : Political Science
Languages : en
Pages : 192
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Book Description: Within literature, history, politics, philosophy and theology, the interpretation of utopian ideals has evolved constantly. Juxtaposing historical views on utopian diagnoses, prescriptions and on the character and value of utopian thought with more modern interpretations, this volume explores how our ideal utopia has transformed over time. Challenging long-held interpretations, the contributors turn a fresh eye to canonical texts, and open them up to a twenty-first century audience. From Moore's Utopia to Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Utopian Moments puts forward a lively and accessible debate on the nature and significance of utopian thought and tradition. Each essay focuses on a key passage from the selected work using it to encourage both the specialist and the reader new to the field to read afresh. Written by an international team of leading scholars, the essays range from the sixteenth century to the present day and are designed to be both stimulating and accessible.


The Cambridge Companion To Native American Literature

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Author: Joy Porter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521822831
Size: 20.38 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 343
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Book Description: Collects information on literature by Native Americans from the 1770s to the present day.


The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction

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Author: Gerry Canavan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107052467
Size: 79.91 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 290
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Book Description: This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.


Political Theory Science Fiction And Utopian Literature

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Author: Tony Burns
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739144871
Size: 60.94 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 330
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Book Description: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed is of interest to political theorists partly because of its association with anarchism and partly because it is thought to represent a turning point in the history of utopian/dystopian political thought and literature and of science fiction. Published in 1974, it marked a revival of utopianism after decades of dystopian writing. According to this widely accepted view The Dispossessed represents a new kind of literary utopia, which Tom Moylan calls a 'critical utopia.' The present work challenges this reading of The Dispossessed and its place in the histories of utopian/dystopian literature and science fiction. It explores the difference between traditional literary utopia and novels and suggests that The Dispossessed is not a literary utopia but a novel about utopianism in politics. Le Guin's concerns have more to do with those of the novelists of the 19th century writing in the tradition of European Realism than they do with the science fiction or utopian literature. It also claims that her theory of the novel has an affinity with the ancient Greek tragedy. This implies that there is a conservatism in Le Guin's work as a creative writer, or as a novelist, which fits uneasily with her personal commitment to anarchism.


The Cambridge Companion To World Literature

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Author: Ben Etherington
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108471374
Size: 18.66 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 300
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Book Description: This Companion presents lucid and exemplary critical essays, introducing readers to the major ideas and practices of world literary studies.


The Cambridge Companion To Twentieth Century Russian Literature

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Author: Evgeny Dobrenko
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828231
Size: 19.28 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
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Book Description: In Russian history, the twentieth century was an era of unprecedented, radical transformations - changes in social systems, political regimes, and economic structures. A number of distinctive literary schools emerged, each with their own voice, specific artistic character, and ideological background. As a single-volume compendium, the Companion provides a new perspective on Russian literary and cultural development, as it unifies both émigré literature and literature written in Russia. This volume concentrates on broad, complex, and diverse sources - from symbolism and revolutionary avant-garde writings to Stalinist, post-Stalinist, and post-Soviet prose, poetry, drama, and émigré literature, with forays into film, theatre, and literary policies, institutions and theories. The contributors present recent scholarship on historical and cultural contexts of twentieth-century literary development, and situate the most influential individual authors within these contexts, including Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov and Anna Akhmatova.