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. 18, No. 3, Summer

Affiliated to the Future? Culture, the Celt, and Matthew Arnold's Utopianism
Throughout the oeuvre of Limerick writer Gerald Griffin (1803-1840), the supernatural vacillates between acceptability and enlightened explicability. The Collegians, Griffins novel of 1829, takes the supernatural and neutralizes it into a quaint trade-off...
A Future Ireland under German Rule: Dystopias as Propaganda during World War I
I Research on Irish utopias is still in its infancy. This is particularly true for the period on which I intend to concentrate, the years preceding and during World War I. In several recent pieces, Ralph Pordzik has made valiant first efforts at...
Aspects of Utopia, Anti-Utopia, and Nostalgia in Irish-Language Texts
In Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson talks about the utopian possibilities of language, in particular that of what he calls a "mother tongue." This essay will discuss a variety of texts in the Irish language, still a distinct "mother tongue"...
Church, State, and Unfettered Capitalism: Three Irish-Gaelic Dystopias
In this article, I will introduce three dystopian novels which have one thing in common: they are all written in Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge). (1) By way of a framework, it may be useful to discuss the broader cultural significance of Gaelic dystopias. According...
Introduction: Tracking Utopia in Irish Culture(s)
The contributions to this special issue on the Irish utopian imagination arise out of the work of members of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick. Since its founding in 2003, the Centre has encouraged research in all...
Irish Voyages and Visions: Pre-Figuring, Re-Configuring Utopia
Father, embark in the boat and let us sail westwards to the island which God called the Promised Land of the Saints which God will give to those who come after us at the end of time. The Voyage of Saint Brendan (O'Meara 4) A map of the world...
Strange Places: Estrangement, Utopianism, and Intentional Communities
Introduction In this article, I examine the paradoxical role of estrangement in utopianism by drawing on the experiences of intentional communities. (1) Scholars of fictional utopias, following (or contesting) Darko Suvin, have firmly established...
Utopia, Dystopia or Anti-Utopia? Gulliver's Travels and the Utopian Mode of Discourse
Should his tall tales of marvellous voyages, newly discovered peoples, and fantastic societies be insufficient to call Thomas More's Utopia (1516), and utopian writings in general, to his reader's mind, "Lemuel Gulliver" refers to Utopia directly in...