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Utopia, Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England, 1870-1900

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Matthew Beaumont, "Utopia, Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England, 1870-1900"
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers | 2005-03 | ISBN 9004142967 | PDF | 214 pages | 1.0 MB


This book uncovers the historical preconditions for the explosive revival of utopian literature at the nineteenth-century fin de siècle, and excavates its ideological content. It marks a contribution not only to the literary and cultural history of the late-Victorian period, and to the expanding field of utopian studies, but to the development of a Marxist critique of utopianism. The book is particularly concerned with three kinds of political utopia or anti-utopia, those of 'state socialism', feminism, and anti-communism (the characteristic expression of this last example being the cacotopia). After an extensive contextual account of the politics of utopia in late-nineteenth century England, it devotes a chapter to each of these topics before developing an original reinterpretation of William Morris's seminal Marxist utopia, News from Nowhere.

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