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