Oct 15 2013
- Discussion deadlines are coming up – we will be focusing our discussion on
- After essay, final exam instructions will be given
- Copies of utopian alphabets made it seem more real. it blurred the line
whether it was fact or fiction
- Genre of Utopia
o Now it is the word to describe the ideal society but now it is more
than that one meaning. He does so by making us think of the different
meanings imbedded in that word.
o Utopia also sounds like U-topia, which means good place. So we have
this central tension between good place and no place.
- Think about what is so appealing about utopia especially at this moment and
o i.e. classic example - 1985
o Idea of society itself, dissolving and what comes from its society
o How they react to their particular culture and cultural critique
- That genre talks a lot about these things that other genres could help to build
by working together.
- Dialogue – there are 2 types
o Second book keeps being the same dialogue and conversation. We get
more of his perspectives of utopia.
o Are there inconsistencies? Contradiction? Ambiguity? These are the
questions we need to keep in mind.
o Shows in false way, suspicious of the truth that could have conveyed
the whole text
o Character’s opinion on how it participates – here he gives the version
of truth without much interference.
o Even though we know that he is the framework/author of the utopia
and its dialogue, he is showing that he is just a simple conveyor of
that, rather than the perception of truth.
o Prevents other leisure or advancement. We also get a self-portrait of
the man. There are also important roles that he plays in the society
amongst family and others.
o So this diminished any kind of greatness for it and on the other hand,
it can be sad portrait of himself.
- Everyday Utopian Life (Crafts and Occupations, etc) p. 16-17
- Marriage/Divorce p. 22
- Warefare p. 23-25 - Slavery (among Utopians and Polylerlites in Persia p. 11, 21
- Religion p. 26 – 30