Utopia and Its Discontents: Plato to Atwood

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Utopia and Its Discontents traces literary representations of ideal communities from Plato to the 21st century. Each chapter offers close readings of key utopian and anti-utopian texts to demonstrate how they construct, challenge and explore the ideas and forms of earlier utopian writings and the social and political ideals of their own periods. The book argues literary utopias are often as much about the past as they are about the present and the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781441172181, 9781441136336
ISBN (Print)9781441195258
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2020

Bibliographical note

137,000-word monograph to be published in Hbk, EBook, and EPDF. Publication date 19 March 2020


  • Utopia
  • Dystopia
  • Literature


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