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Lecture 8

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HUMA 1625
Dion Tubrett

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8 • The word itself means “no place” or “nowhere” • The book was translated into English • The original publication was a little over 50 years after Columbus came to the Americas • The world is going under great change • After the slave trade was proposed • Change in knowledge as well as understanding of who human beings were in the world • Doxator provides us a critique of how people come to an expectation and how DF of the West came about as a result • Utopias include a framework for a bettment of a society, which typically includes a clear critique of a better society • Utopias are not always the main theme of the story • Sometimes, utopias are linked to a dystopia in some way • Dystopias exists as an ideal of one group, but for another group it does not appear to them as an ideal • Differ among the characters in a particular text • Sometimes portrayal of the future • All good or all bad • In most cases, it is to set the dystopia up as a comparison to the utopia • Portraying AF • Appear bizarre, we may not like them • Introduces entirely new ideas to what the DF are of a given culture • THEME – Utopia involves a journey • Movement of a mnemonic experience to another place • Creating spaces • Illuminate things that we take for granted at times • Things that we do not necessarily see in our culture • Refuse to see • Travellers are able to see things in a different light and given a space in which we are comfortable critiquing them • There are few ways to read utopias and dystopias • Read as “what might be” and also exploring “what should be” • Providing a map or a guidebook giving how to achieve “what should be”  utopia • Utopias can be read as a warning • If there is a dystopia linked to this it shows “what should be” • Use as a lens though which we critique in our own experiences in our primary world • A step on the way to something better • Offers a lens to critique what we are currently experiencing • Brings some sort of change • If only by providing us by some hope that change might happen, enhancing our critical skills •
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