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Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel (Hardback)
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Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 277 Pages / Published: 01/10/2014
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Historians of the Enlightenment have studied the period's substantial advances in world cartography, as well as the decline of utopia imagined in geographic terms. Literary critics, meanwhile, have assessed the emerging novel's realism and in particular the genre's awareness of the wider world beyond Europe. Jason Pearl unites these lines of inquiry in Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel, arguing that prose fiction from 1660 to 1740 helped demystify blank spaces on the map and make utopia available anywhere. This literature incorporated, debunked, and reformulated utopian conceptions of geography.

Reports of ideal societies have always prompted skepticism, and it is now common to imagine them in the future, rather than on some undiscovered island or continent. At precisely the time when novels began turning from the fabulous settings of romance to the actual locations described in contemporaneous travel accounts, a number of writers nevertheless tried to preserve and reconfigure utopia by giving it new coordinates and parameters.

Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and others told of adventurous voyages and extraordinary worlds. They engaged critically and creatively with the idea of utopia. If these writers ultimately concede that utopian geographies were nowhere to be found, they also reimagine the essential ideals as new forms of interiority and sociability that could be brought back to England. Questions about geography and utopia drove many of the formal innovations of the early novel. As this book shows, what resulted were new ways of representing both world geography and utopian possibility.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813936239
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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Pearl's clearly written work is based on wide reading and careful research; it offers admirable contextualization and sheds new light on the place of utopian thought and utopian writing within the history of the novel.--Alessa Johns, University of California, Davis, author of "Women's Utopias of the Eighteenth Century"


A well-written and well-researched study that offers a new and intriguing take on the much-studied origins of the British novel in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.--Robert Markley, University of Illinois, author of "The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600 1730""


"Utopian Geographies" is going to be read, and not only because the writing is almost everywhere as clear as it is precise and engaging, although that is far more important than we sometimes consider. It is also because the work functions to both connect and differentiate, in substantial and illuminating ways, a number of crucial literary developments in the period it covers, including not only the births and transformations of genres but also the senescence of the geography-based utopia, a major literary form in several national literatures for two centuries indeed for longer still, depending on your definition of 'utopia.'--Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University, author of "Wonder and Science: Imagining Worlds in Early Modern Europe""



Pearl's clearly written work is based on wide reading and careful research; it offers admirable contextualization and sheds new light on the place of utopian thought and utopian writing within the history of the novel.

--Alessa Johns, University of California, Davis, author of Women's Utopias of the Eighteenth Century

A well-written and well-researched study that offers a new and intriguing take on the much-studied origins of the British novel in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

--Robert Markley, University of Illinois, author of The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730

Utopian Geographies is going to be read, and not only because the writing is almost everywhere as clear as it is precise and engaging, although that is far more important than we sometimes consider. It is also because the work functions to both connect and differentiate, in substantial and illuminating ways, a number of crucial literary developments in the period it covers, including not only the births and transformations of genres but also the senescence of the geography-based utopia, a major literary form in several national literatures for two centuries--indeed for longer still, depending on your definition of 'utopia.'

--Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University, author of Wonder and Science: Imagining Worlds in Early Modern Europe

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