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Head of English & Writing

Falmouth University

Representing Utopia

This is a second year option module that deals with utopian and dystopian writing and other non-literary forms from Hesiod and More, to Wind in the Willows and Bioshock.

Who takes it?

Students enrolled on BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Some the seminars that I have delivered on this module include:

  • Utopianism Before Thomas More: Hesiod, Genesis, Plato.
  • New Worlds I. Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More Utopia (1516); Francis Bacon New Atlantis (1624); Margaret Cavendish The Description of the New World, Called the Blazing World (1666)
  • New Worlds II. The Americas: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  • Gender Agendas: Sarah Scott's, Millennium Hall (1762); Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland (1915)
  • Nineteenth-Century No-place: William Morris’s Socialist Utopia
  • “Keep him as nature made him”: Childhood as Utopia in Rousseau's Emile; A. A. Milne's House at Pooh Corner; Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows.
  • The Horror of the “Maschinenmensch”: Fritz Lang Metropolis (1927) & Blade Runner Dir. Ridley Scott 1982
  • The Topos of the 'Other': Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome (1995)
  • Post-millennial Environmental Dystopias: Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006)
  • Life 2.0: The Quest for Virtual Paradise: Virtual Field Trip to Second Life
  • Digital Dystopias: Bioshock and Ayn Rand

Map of More's Utopia (1518)

Map of Second Life (19:10 GMT, 21-11-2013)