By Robert Appelbaum

hundreds of thousands of writers within the English-speaking global of the seventeenth-century imagined substitute excellent societies. occasionally they did so by way of exploring fanciful territories, resembling the realm within the moon or the countries of the Antipodes; yet occasionally they composed critical disquisitions concerning the right here and now, presenting how England or its nascent colonies may be conceived of as an 'Oceana,' or a brand new Jerusalem. First released in 2002, this publication offers a finished view of the operations of the utopian mind's eye in literature from 1603 to the 1660s. attractive to social theorists, literary critics, and political and cultural historians, this quantity revises winning notions of the languages of desire and social dreaming within the making of British modernity in the course of a century of political and highbrow upheaval.

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