Responding to Utopia

This event is primarily intended as a workshop for a forthcoming publication. If you want to attend, please contact Professor Cathy Shrank.   PROGRAMME 12: welcome and introductions   12.15-1.30: Chloë Houston (Reading), ‘Early modern Utopian fiction’ Nicole Pohl (Oxford Continue reading Responding to Utopia

Utopia colloqium

Concluding the anniversary celebrations of Thomas More’s Utopia. More information to follow. (Those who wish to participate should contact Cathy Shrank in advance.)

News: Utopia at the British Library

SCEMS’ Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington have both contributed to a contemporary addition to the British Library’s Treasures Gallery: “Visions of Utopia”. Marking the 500th anniversary of Utopia‘s publication, the temporary display includes an original edition of Thomas More’s book Continue reading News: Utopia at the British Library

Blogging Utopia (5): Arriving in Utopia

After the dialogue of Book 1 of More’s Utopia, we come to the discourse of Book 2, in which Hythloday relates his impressions of Utopia. In this fifth post, Chloë Houston explores the opening of Book 2 and the way Continue reading Blogging Utopia (5): Arriving in Utopia

Blogging Utopia (4): Man-eating sheep

In this post, Cathy Shrank looks at one of the most memorable passages of More’s Utopia: Hythloday’s attack on the contemporary practice of enclosing land for sheep-farming and his analysis of its far-reaching effects.  

Blogging Utopia (3): The Dialogue of Counsel

Utopia is best-known for its description of More’s imaginary island. That only comes in Book 2, however. Book 1 prepares the reader for Hythloday’s account of his ideal land by discussing some of the social, economic and political problems that Continue reading Blogging Utopia (3): The Dialogue of Counsel

Blogging Utopia: (2) paratext

Two page spread showing a map of the island of Utopia (left) and Utopian alphabet (right)

In this second post for the Utopia 2016 series, Cathy Shrank looks at the paratext of More’s Utopia, and the art of blending fact with fiction. Like many sixteenth-century texts, More’s Utopia comes with various bits of ancillary material that Continue reading Blogging Utopia: (2) paratext

Introducing Utopia: More’s Letter to Giles

Welcome to the first of our 500th-anniversary posts on Thomas More’s Utopia.  The series, curated by Utopia-scholar Cathy Shrank, will run throughout 2016.  We begin with a close look at the book’s opening: a letter from More to his friend Continue reading Introducing Utopia: More’s Letter to Giles