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More After More
More After More

Essays Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia

Contributor(s): Ksenia Olkusz (Editor), Michał Kłosiński (Editor), Krzysztof M. Maj (Editor)
Subject(s): Anthropology, Studies of Literature, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Theory, Politics and religion, Politics and society, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta
Keywords: utopia;utopia and dystopia;utopia and heterotopia;dystopia;dystopian fiction;utopian / dystopian fiction;utopian city;utopian and dystopian fiction;utopian genre;utopian concepts of the state;dystopian discourse;dystopian society;
Summary/Abstract: The book "More Afer More. Essays Commemorating the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia" is the first volume of Facta Ficta Research Centre’s in Kraków series "Frontiers of Nowhere", published in co-operation with Villa Decius Association as a part of the world-wide research initiative Utopia 500 to celebrate five hundred years since the publication of sir Thomas More’s De Optimo Reipublicæ Statu Deque Nova Insula Utopia Libellus Vere Aureus, Nec Minus Salutaris Quam Festivus in 1516. From the introduction by Gregory Claeys: The twenty-six essays which compose this collection cover a substantial range of both historical and theoretical themes, indicating at the least that the utopian idea thrives today across a number of disciplines as well as in domains (like computer games) which are themselves of recent origin and which indicate that utopia can also be addressed as an aspect of the internal psychic fantasy world. There is some consideration here of the lengthy and complex historical relationship between utopian ideals and religion. There is some effort to reconsider practical efforts to found actual communities which embody utopian ideals. Several authors revisit the emotional substrata of utopian aspiration rendered accessible through music in particular. Literature is here nonetheless the chief focus, in keeping with the form of Thomas More’s original text and that of the tradition which has imitated and satirised it. The themes represented here mirror in literary form the dystopian dri in the external world discussed above. Many of the leading authors of post-totalitarian dystopian fiction are included here, notably (to name but a few) Margaret Atwood, James Graham Ballard, Robert A. Heinlein, David Foster Wallace and, most recently, Michel Houellebecq. Within these treatments, the possibilities are explored that dystopia may emerge from or assume the form of racist regimes, environmental destruction, corporate dictatorship, or religious fundamentalism, or some combination of these factors. Such poten-tial outcomes of modernity need, the authors of this volume also assure us, to be balanced against the utopian promise which bodily remodelling entertains, and the possibility of longevity which scientific and technical advances enca-psulate as the epitome of modern individualist utopianism.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-942923-4-8
  • Page Count: 430
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: English
Utopia at 500

Utopia at 500
(Utopia at 500)

Evantropia and Dysantropia

Evantropia and Dysantropia
(Evantropia and Dysantropia)

The Facets of “Universal Religion”

The Facets of “Universal Religion”
(The Facets of “Universal Religion”)

Twenty-first Century Critical Dystopias

Twenty-first Century Critical Dystopias
(Twenty-first Century Critical Dystopias)

Deconstructing Utopia

Deconstructing Utopia
(Deconstructing Utopia)

Micro-dystopias as Socio-political Constructs in Post-apocalyptic Narratives

Micro-dystopias as Socio-political Constructs in Post-apocalyptic Narratives
(Micro-dystopias as Socio-political Constructs in Post-apocalyptic Narratives)

Boredom and Melancholy in Utopias and Dystopias

Boredom and Melancholy in Utopias and Dystopias
(Boredom and Melancholy in Utopias and Dystopias)

Creating Utopian or Dystopian Worlds in Digital Games

Creating Utopian or Dystopian Worlds in Digital Games
(Creating Utopian or Dystopian Worlds in Digital Games)

SimCity: Where the City Ends

SimCity: Where the City Ends
(SimCity: Where the City Ends)

“Building the Future and Keeping the Past Alive Are One and the Same Thing”

“Building the Future and Keeping the Past Alive Are One and the Same Thing”
(“Building the Future and Keeping the Past Alive Are One and the Same Thing”)

Digging the Trench

Digging the Trench
(Digging the Trench)

Classical Utopian Model

Classical Utopian Model
(Classical Utopian Model)

Parodies of Authority in the Soviet Anti-utopias from 1918-1930

Parodies of Authority in the Soviet Anti-utopias from 1918-1930
(Parodies of Authority in the Soviet Anti-utopias from 1918-1930)

The Analysis of the Element of Space in Negative Utopias by Antoni Lange, Jan Dobraczyński & Vladímir Páral

The Analysis of the Element of Space in Negative Utopias by Antoni Lange, Jan Dobraczyński & Vladímir Páral
(The Analysis of the Element of Space in Negative Utopias by Antoni Lange, Jan Dobraczyński & Vladímir Páral)

Libertarian Utopia and Racist Dystopia

Libertarian Utopia and Racist Dystopia
(Libertarian Utopia and Racist Dystopia)

No Light Without Shadow

No Light Without Shadow
(No Light Without Shadow)

Senescence in Young Adult Dystopias

Senescence in Young Adult Dystopias
(Senescence in Young Adult Dystopias)

Modern Wastelands

Modern Wastelands
(Modern Wastelands)

The Use of Multimodal Narrative Techniques in Creating Dystopian Undertones Permeating David Foster Wallace’s Short Fiction

The Use of Multimodal Narrative Techniques in Creating Dystopian Undertones Permeating David Foster Wallace’s Short Fiction
(The Use of Multimodal Narrative Techniques in Creating Dystopian Undertones Permeating David Foster Wallace’s Short Fiction)

A Utopian, a Martyr or a Fool

A Utopian, a Martyr or a Fool
(A Utopian, a Martyr or a Fool)

The Pelagian Roots of Utopia

The Pelagian Roots of Utopia
(The Pelagian Roots of Utopia)

The Elementary Particles

The Elementary Particles
(The Elementary Particles)

The Unusual Dystopia of “Never Let Me Go” (2010)

The Unusual Dystopia of “Never Let Me Go” (2010)
(The Unusual Dystopia of “Never Let Me Go” (2010))

“Transmetropolitan”. Dystopia, Hyperbole, and the Superhero

“Transmetropolitan”. Dystopia, Hyperbole, and the Superhero
(“Transmetropolitan”. Dystopia, Hyperbole, and the Superhero)

Liberation, Redemption, Autonomy

Liberation, Redemption, Autonomy
(Liberation, Redemption, Autonomy)

Arnold Schoenberg’s Dodecaphonic Method as a Representation of an Artistic Utopia

Arnold Schoenberg’s Dodecaphonic Method as a Representation of an Artistic Utopia
(Arnold Schoenberg’s Dodecaphonic Method as a Representation of an Artistic Utopia)

Space Utopia in the 1970s of the Twentieth Century on the Basis of the Kobaïan World

Space Utopia in the 1970s of the Twentieth Century on the Basis of the Kobaïan World
(Space Utopia in the 1970s of the Twentieth Century on the Basis of the Kobaïan World)