Different Readings of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia - from an Ideal state to the First Dystopia

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The aim of this paper is to point out some of the main trends in current criticism
of More’s Utopia, by presenting and discussing some of the most important theses from
the most representative critical writings from each of the aforementioned arches of
interpretation. Special attention will be given to the question in how far it is justifiable
to read Utopia as a negative concept, albeit even partly, or even as the first dystopia. In
order to analyse this, a number of aspects has to be considered first. One has to
differentiate between the questions of More’s intentions and modern readers’ point of
view on the Utopian commonwealth. Even if More meant his island to be ideal and a
blueprint for a new and better society, which is itself already very disputable, it does not
necessarily mean that it can still be seen as such. Most modern reader cannot be
expected to see Utopia as society which is anywhere near perfect or desirable. Values,
of societies as well as individuals, have shifted in their meaning and focus between the
era of Tudor England and today. It is also rather questionable in how far the utopian
society would have appeared as ideal to More’s contemporaries, especially in regard to
its communism and its religious practices.

GENRE
Romans et littérature
SORTIE
2009
16 avril
LANGUE
EN
Anglais
LONGUEUR
31
Pages
ÉDITIONS
GRIN Verlag
TAILLE
176,2
Ko

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