A Critique of Representative Utopian Literature from the Renaissance Through the Twentieth Century Dystopia

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literature, literary criticism, utopia, dystopia, society and representation, writing styles


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Modern Literature | Rhetoric and Composition


Much of the criticism of society has been in the form of Utopian literature advocating a more perfect society. It is literally written as the result of a critical examination of a particular social structure. The many volumes devoted to such literature seem to testify to a great deal of discontent with previous and existing social organization. Yet such "ideal" social structures as are proposed are often far from ideal when critically viewed with a concern for the freedom necessary for the use of man's potential self-realization.

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English: Literature and Writing

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