Thomas More, Utopia (1516) (read Wootton’s introduction and “The Sileni of Alcibiades” as well): On reserve; you need to read this edition specifically.
Phillip E. Wegner, “Utopia and the Birth of Nations.” In Utopia, The Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002: 27-61.
Peter Fitting, “A Short History of Utopian Studies.” Science Fiction Studies 36. 1 (2009): 121-131.
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis (1627)
Excerpts from The New Organon (1620)
Sarah Hogan, “Of Islands and Bridges: Figures of Uneven Development in Bacon’s New Atlantis.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 12.3 (Summer 2012): 28-59.
If you have not already read it, please take a look at Gregory Colón Semenza’s “Chapter 5: The Seminar Paper” in Graduate Study for the 21st Century (available as an e-book through the Mina Rees Library).
Margaret Cavendish, New Blazing World (1666)
Sujata Iyengar, “Royalist, Romancist, Racialist: Rank, Gender, and Race in the Science and Fiction of Margaret Cavendish.” ELH 69. 3 (2002): 649-672.
September 25th: class cancelled as per GC academic calendar
Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines (1668); read the entire special Utopian Studies issue devoted to Isle of Pines, which is available as an e-journal: Utopian Studies 17. 1 (2006).
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
Chlöe Houston, “Utopia, Dystopia, Anti-utopia? Gulliver’s Travels and the Utopian Mode of Discourse.” Utopian Studies 18. 2 (2007): 425-442.
Claude Rawson, “God, Gulliver, and Genocide,” In God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001): 256-298.
Johnson, Rasselas (1759)
October 23rd: Class Cancelled (I will be away at a conference). Class will be made up at the end of the term (with an additional class or by several hours of individual workshops).
Paper proposal due
Workshop on Paper Proposals
Voltaire, Candide (1759)
Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, “The Concept of Enlightenment” (1944). From Dialectic of Enlightenment (Stanford University Press, 2003): 1-34.
Forum on research resources in utopian/ early modern/ 18th century studies/ publication venues
(Calls for papers for conferences, symposia, special issues of journals)
Sarah Scott, A Description of Millenium Hall (1762)
Alessa Johns, “Introduction” and “Reconceiving the Contract: Sarah Scott’s Self-Replicating Utopias.” Women’s Utopias of the Eighteenth Century (University of Illinois Press, 2003): 1-25; 91-11.
November 27th: Thanksgiving
December 4th: Workshop on paper drafts
December 11th: Workshop on paper drafts
December 18th: Paper Wrap-up/ Class celebration