Criticism: Utopianism In British Literature - Essay

Darko Suvin (essay date 1990)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Counter-Projects: William Morris and the Science Fiction of the 1880s,” in Socialism and the Literary Artistry of William Morris, edited by Florence S. Boos and Carole G. Silver, University of Missouri Press, 1990, pp. 88-97.

[In the following essay, Suvin contends that utopian fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, using William Morris's News from Nowhere and Victorian science fiction of the 1880s as evidence to support this position.]

Historically, there is a very intimate connection between utopian fiction and other forms of what I have called science fiction in a larger sense, such as the extraordinary voyage, technological anticipation,...

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Mark Kipperman (essay date 1991)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Macropolitics of Utopia: Shelley's Hellas in Context,” in Macropolitics of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Nationalism, Exoticism, Imperialism, edited by Jonathan Arac and Harriet Ritvo, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991, pp. 86-101.

[In the following essay, Kipperman studies the utopian, romantic, and radical view of history offered in Percy Shelley's Hellas.]

“We are all Greeks,” said Shelley in his Preface to Hellas, “Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece. … The modern Greek is the descendant of those glorious beings whom the imagination almost refuses to figure to itself as belonging to our...

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