According to Luke Mastin, a utopia is defined as an “ideal or perfect place or state, or any visionary system of political or social perfection.” The word was created by Sir Thomas More in 1516. The connotation of utopia today, however, is an “impractical or idealistic scheme for social and political reform.” (Mastin) Mastin, Luke. “What is a Utopia?” Utopian Literature. 2 March 2009.
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According to Luke Mastin, utopian literature describes “a nation or commonwealth ordered according to a system which the author proposes as a better way of life than any known to exist, a system that could be instituted if the present one could be cancelled and people could start over.” Mastin, Luke. “What is a Utopia?” Utopian Literature. 2 March 2009.
According to the Science Encyclopedia, utopian literature is most common in the English- speaking world (“Utopia”). In a utopia, “everyone has adequate food, shelter, and clothing gained without debilitating labor and in which people lead secure lives without fear” (“Utopia”). “Utopia—Expressions of Utopianism.” Science Encyclopedia. 3 March 2009 Utopia - Expressions Of Utopianism
In the late 19 th and 20 th centuries, literature that was anti-utopian and satirical was created in response to the harsh conditions of industrialization brought about by capitalism Dystopian literature emphasizes the controlling nature of a utopia: individuals are discouraged from interfering with the government’s goals the government replaces family and religion Mastin, Luke. “What is a Utopia?” Utopian Literature. 2 March 2009.
According to Science Encyclopedia, dystopian literature is the more commonly published form of utopian literature since World War I. WHY? “Utopia—Expressions of Utopianism.” Science Encyclopedia. 3 March 2009 Utopia - Expressions Of Utopianism
“The message of the dystopia is that if the human race continues in the direction it is now heading, this [storyline] is what will happen. The dystopia, [however], has a positive element in that it suggests the possibility of change. “Utopia—Expressions of Utopianism.” Science Encyclopedia. 3 March 2009 Utopia - Expressions Of Utopianism
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