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Developing Nations

Dohra Ahmad

in Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195332766
eISBN:
9780199868124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332766.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter reads five turn-of-the-century utopian novels (Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward, William Morris’s News from Nowhere, William Dean Howells’s A Traveler from Altruria and Through the Eye ... More


Edward Bellamy’s Orderly Utopia

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Edward Bellamy's utopian vision by offering a reading of his 1888 novel Looking Backward 2000–1887. Published in 1888, Looking Backward exerted a significant influence on ... More


Economies of the Future

Jamie L. Pietruska

in Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226475004
eISBN:
9780226509150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226509150.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on long-range economic forecasts and ideas about predictability in the work of commodity price forecaster Samuel Benner, utopian novelist Edward Bellamy, and meteorologist Henry ... More


Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

Dohra Ahmad

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195332766
eISBN:
9780199868124
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332766.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book examines anti-colonial discourse during the understudied but critical period before World War II, with a specific focus on writers and activists based in the United States. The book ... More


Architecture Under Nationalism

Nathaniel Robert Walker

in Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia: Abandoning Babylon

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198861447
eISBN:
9780191893438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198861447.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

The international smash Looking Backward 2000–1887, by Edward Bellamy, represents the peak of nineteenth-century utopian literature. As the troubles of American industrial cities reached a boiling ... More


Realism and the Social Question

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Signs of social strain pervaded at the end of the 19th century. Popular theories of racial superiority and fears of foreign radicalism and social degeneration gave rise to a virulent strain of ... More


Money and Art in Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward

Douglas G. Baird

in Power, Prose, and Purse: Law, Literature, and Economic Transformations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190873455
eISBN:
9780190873486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873455.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Edward Bellamy’s utopian novel, Looking Backward, was the second most popular American novel of the nineteenth century after Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Bellamy imagines Boston in the year 2000. Equality ... More


Gardening in the Apocalypse

Nathaniel Robert Walker

in Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia: Abandoning Babylon

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198861447
eISBN:
9780191893438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198861447.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

The “White City” of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago struck many Americans as a hopeful glimmer of the happy cities to come, but soon, visions of even happier utopian suburbs reclaimed ... More


Utopian Fictions and Political Theories: Domestic Labour in the Work of Edward Bellamy, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Morris

Ruth Levitas

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the theoretical framework regarding domestic labour that underpins many of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's utopian short stories, particularly ‘Aunt Mary's Pie Plant’ (1908), ‘What ... More


The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Michael Robertson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

For readers reared on the dystopian visions of Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid's Tale, the idea of a perfect society may sound more sinister than enticing. This literary history of a time ... More


Introduction

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book examines the distinctive strain of transatlantic utopianism found within the work of four writers—a group that it calls the “last utopians”—of the late nineteenth and early twentieth ... More


William Morris’s Artful Utopia

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines William Morris's News from Nowhere, a fictional response to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward. News from Nowhere was Morris's attempt to expose what he perceived to be the ... More


America's Utopian Prophets [1984]

John Higham

in Hanging Together: Unity and Diversity in American Culture

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088182
eISBN:
9780300129823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088182.003.0011
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter examines American radicalism by focusing on three American utopians of the latter nineteenth century who dramatized the evils of corporate industrialism in bestselling books: Henry ... More


Epilogue: The Tramp and Strike Question: Terminal Enthusiasms

John Mac Kilgore

in Mania for Freedom: American Literatures of Enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629728
eISBN:
9781469629742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629728.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The epilogue to the book gestures toward the destiny of enthusiasm in the post-Civil War era. In the wake of the trauma of war, the end of slavery, and the birth of a technologically-oriented culture ... More


Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Motherly Utopia

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Charlotte Perkins Gilman's concept of what she called the “World's Mother”—the selfless, nurturing woman-spirit who loves, protects, and teaches the entire human race. Gilman ... More


. Bellamy and Wells: The Dream of Order in the Modern World

Chris Ferns

in Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235941
eISBN:
9781781380642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235941.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines a number of utopias of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in which the traditional paradigm is still clearly evident. It considers some of the consequences of its ... More


Macrological Fictions: Evolutionary Utopia and Time Travel (1887–1905)

David Wittenberg

in Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249961
eISBN:
9780823252503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249961.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses nineteenth-century precursors to time travel fiction and the sources of its theoretical interest as a literary, cultural, and cinematic type in the twentieth and twenty-first ... More


War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilization in the Modern Utopia

Patrick Parrinder

in Future Wars: The Anticipations and the Fears

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846317552
eISBN:
9781846317224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the modern utopia depicted in future-war fiction. It argues that it is a utopia of mobilization rather than a utopia of perfection, a land of massed marches and public ... More


. Generic Configurations of A Story of the Days to Come

Robert M. Philmus

in Visions And Re-Visions: (Re)constructing Science Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238997
eISBN:
9781781380864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238997.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes generic constructions of H. G. Wells' A Story of the Days to Come (1899). Specifically, it examines Days to Come in generic relation to William Morris' News from Nowhere and ... More


Annals of the Present, the Local, and the Everyday: The Centurial Time Vessels as Heterodox History, 1900–1901

Nick Yablon

in Remembrance of Things Present: The Invention of the Time Capsule

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226574134
eISBN:
9780226574271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226574271.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the “centurial” time capsules sealed in Detroit, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, and at Harvard and Mount Holyoke colleges, to welcome the twentieth century, along with those ... More


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