Utopian Studies

Biannual journal providing scholarly articles on topics related to utopias, utopianism, utopian theory, and intentional communities. Contains reviews of recent books.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter

Campanella's City of the Sun and Late Renaissance Italy(*)
THE HISTORIOGRAPHY of the City of the Sun (1602) by Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639) has traditionally centered on its origins in Thomas More's Utopia and its relationship with the failed rebellion against the Spanish in southern Italy. Recent historians...
English Plague and New World Promise(*)
WHEN BUBONIC PLAGUE visited England in 1348, it was called the Great Mortality. We know it as the Black Death that lasted until 1352 and killed vast populations in Asia, North Africa, Europe, Iceland, and Greenland.(1) In total, it extinguished as...
Power of Images/Images of Power in Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four
Two OF THE MOST IMPORTANT dystopic novels of our century, Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, make use of cinema and television to draw an extremely pessimistic picture of humanity's future, emphasizing their role as essential means for distorting...
Russian Constructivist Architecture as an Urban Carnival: The Creation and Reception of a Utopian Narrative(1)
FOR A NATION in the process of revolutionary redefinition, such as Russia following the 1917 revolution, culture becomes a critical player in the formation and propagation of national narratives. More than the recipient of the stories or ideologies...
The Best States: Beyond the Territorial Fallacy
I. Questions and Assumptions THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY consists to a large extent of attempts to discover or design the best states. Such proposals presuppose methods or procedures for deciding which states are the best. I examine here...
The Kibbutz: Uncovering the Utopian Dimension(*)
MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS AGO, Martin Buber affirmed that the kibbutz was the most impressive experiment known in alternative ways of communal living--"An experiment that did not fail" (139). Indeed, it is often argued that Israel would not have formed...
The Radical Appeal of Hermann Hesse's Alternative Community
I am at odds with the political thinkers of all trends, and I shall always, incorrigibly, recognise in man, in the individual man and his soul, the existence of realms to which political impulses and forms do not extend. (ITWGO, 11)(1) DETACHMENT,...
Utopian Evolution: The Sentimental Critique of Social Darwinism in Bellamy and Peirce(*)
WRITING IN 1893, the American pragmatist Charles S. Peirce characterized the nineteenth century as "the Economical Century," because of the way capitalist economic theory dominated all branches of thought. The effects of this dominance, in Peirce's...
World upon World, Genre and History: Patrick Hamilton's "Impromptu in Moribundia"
PATRICK HAMILTON is best known today for his plays Rope (1929) and Gaslight (1939), and for his novels Hangover Square (1941) and The Slaves of Solitude (1947). Born into an upper-class family in Hassocks, Sussex, in 1904, Hamilton can be seen, to...