A girl and a woman near a fire.
American Literature

“Herland”: A Feminist Utopia?

April 13, 2021

In “Herland”, three male explorers enter a women-only utopia in the jungle, and the education the men receive reveals how an all-woman society can sustain itself. […]

Little child girl plays superhero.
American Literature

Utopia and Feminism: The Case of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

April 13, 2021

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was writing at a time when the First Wave of Feminism was only beginning. She was one of the women who campaigned for equal voting rights. In this context, her literary works have contributed immensely to the movement. […]

Human fingers arranging characters of the word UTOPIA on a corkboard.
American Literature

Literature, Edward Bellamy, and Utopian Activism

March 26, 2021

Literature has an enormous effect on individuals and the society as a whole. Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward”, and Harriet Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” are great examples that changed people’s perspective on a myriad of things. […]

The illustration shows parts of a machine inside a man's head.
British Literature

The Man and the Machine in “Erewhon”

March 6, 2021

“Erewhon” has a certain timeless quality because it includes “Book of the Machines”, which speaks to the anxieties of 21st-century readers just as much, maybe even more, than it speaks to Victorian anxieties. […]

Letters combining to make utopia.
British Literature

Social Norms of the Erewhonians

March 6, 2021

Through his focus on religion, education, and health, Samuel Butler presents perplexing features of the Erewhonian society. […]

A portrait of Samuel Butler.
British Literature

The Utopian World of “Erewhon”

March 6, 2021

Samuel Butler’s “Erewhon” is set on a large, lush tract of land located beyond a mountain pass, in a space unmapped but completely mappable. […]

Replica of Thoreau's cabin near Walden pond with his statue.
American Literature

Great Utopian Thinkers in 19th-Century America

February 27, 2021

In 19th-century America, the works of the utopian thinkers and writers showed that the very project of utopia has an inherent doubleness that always includes optimism and satire. […]

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