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Utopian vs. Dystopian Literature

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Ally Maloney

on 23 January 2014

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Utopian vs. Dystopian Literature
Define "Utopia"
Define "Dystopian"
Utopia: any visionary system of political or social perfection; an ideal place
An (imaginary?) place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror
o Dys- is a prefix meaning “bad” or “ill”
“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias.” – Oscar Wilde
On the back of the "Think-Pair-Share handout, list 10 movies, books, TV shows, etc. that are examples of utopian or dystopian literature
• Based on what we just found, what would our society need to make a utopia? What would a true utopia look like? What would the government look like? The culture? The economy and work force? Education?
January 15, 2014
HW: "Effective Question" handout
WALL-E's society
More's Foundation (1478-1535)
Educated at Oxford
Studied Greek and Latin literature
Wrote comedies
Life as a Carthusian monk
Roman Catholic
Persecuted Protestants
1510 - Undersheriff of London
1518 - Privy Council (Advised heads of State)
1521 - Knighted by King Henry VIII
Refused to support King's divorce from Catherine
Married in 1504 to Jane Colt
They had 4 kids
1511 - Jane dies in childbirth
1512 - Marries Alice Middleton
No children
More's Morals
More's Core
More's Literary Impact
Integrity - Never budged on his moral principles, not even for King Henry VIII
Renaissance Humanist
Value and agency of human beings
Generally prefers individual thought and evidence over faith.
Inclusion of women
1512-1519 - History of Richard III (House of York)
Great influence to Shakespeare's
Richard III
1521 - Assisted King Henry VIII in writing refutation of Luther's attacks on Catholic Church, calling Luther an "ape" and "drunkard"; defended church traditions
Form: Novel
Crescent shape
Amaurat - capital city
54 other cities
Religious tolerance (except for atheism)
Slavery (2/household)
No private property (communal goods stored in warehouses)
Money is devalued
Adultery punishable by enslavement
From Greek word "eu" = good; "ou" = not; "topos" = place
Influenced by...
- by its communalistic functions of society
Monastic societies - by their requirements that everyone labor; no private property; focus on education.
Education is free and universal
Beheaded by King Henry VIII for treason in the Tower of London
Final words: "The King's good servant, but God's first."
Became a Saint in 1935
End of Life
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