Utopian Literature of the Renaissance Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Hertzler, Joyce Oramel. The History of Utopian Thought. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923, 321 p.

In her preface, Oramel describes her book as "a study in the history of social thought … [that] attempts to give an hisorical cross-section of representative Utopian thought. But it is also a study in social idealism."

Kaufmann, M. Utopias; or, Schemes of Social Improvement. 1879. Reprint. Folcroft Library Editions, 1972, 267 p.

Examines the history of socialism and includes discussion of the leaders of Renaissance utopian thought. Aims to "present the several schemes for social improvement in the light of contemporary history, to show how far they reflect the spirit of the times, and what were the causes in the condition of the people which gave rise to the Utopian speculations they contain."

Lasky, Melvin J. Utopia and Revolution: On the Origins of a Metaphor, or Some Illustrations of the Problem of Political Temperament and Intellectual Climate and How Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies Have Been Historically Related. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976, 726 p.

Includes the following chapters: "The Utopian Longing," "The Revolutionary Commitment," "The Heretic's True Cause," "Martyrs of Reason and Passion," "The Birth of a Metaphor," "The Metaphysics of Doomsday," "The Novelty of Revolution" "The Great Intelligencers," "The Politics of Paradise," and "The English Ideology."

Liljegren, S. B., ed. Studies on the Origin and Early Tradition of English Utopian Fiction. Uppsala: A. B. Lundequistska Bokhandeln, 1961, 151 p.

Includes the following chapters: "The Earthly Paradise and the Insulae Fortunatae," "The Geographical Discoveries," "The Narratives of Travel and of Adventure," "Panegyrics on England," "The Utopia," and "Bacon, Hartlib, and Harrington."

Masso, Gildo. Education in Utopias. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1927, 201 p.

In his Foreword, the author comments: "The study that follows has four purposes:—(1) to show the place of education in utopias; (2) to present the educational views of the authors of utopias; (3) to discuss the utopian educational agencies; and (4) to determine to what extent there is any realization of utopian theories in present-day practices or any promise of such realization in the future."

Walsh, Chad. From Utopia to Nightmare. New York: Harper & Row, 1962, 191 p.

Examines what Walsh perceives to be "the gradual decline in our times of the utopian novel and its displacement by the 'dystopia' or 'inverted utopia'."