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UTOPIA and DYSTOPIA

DEFINITIONS - UTOPIA RESOURCES -
QUOTATIONS
- LITERATURE -

LESSON PLANS
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PICTURES
- CARTOONS
- CINEMA

(Updated on 10/05/2011)

 


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DEFINITIONS :

  • What is a Utopia? + Development of Utopian Fiction + Examples of Utopian Literature
    (utopianfiction.com)

  • Utopia
    "Etymology: Utopia, imaginary and ideal country in Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place

    1: an imaginary and indefinitely remote place
    2 often capitalized : a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions
    3: an impractical scheme for social improvement"

    (mw1.m-w.com)
  • Utopia
    - "An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.
    - A work of fiction describing a utopia.
    - An impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform.

    - Antonym: hell"
    (answers.com)

  • Utopia "is a name for an ideal community or society, taken from the title of a book written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean, possessing a seemingly perfect socio-politico-legal system.
    The term has been used to describe both that attempted to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in .
    "Utopia" is sometimes used pejoratively, in reference to an unrealistic ideal that is impossible to achieve, and has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia."

    (Wikipedia)
  • What is a utopia? Why do we seek it?
    (humanitieslab.stanford.edu)

  • Dystopia "is a negative utopia: a totalitarian and repressive world."
    It is "the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia.
    A dystopian society is one in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution.
    Some academic circles distinguish between anti-utopia and dystopia."

    (Wikipedia)
  • Eutopia is a positive utopia, different in that it means "perfect" but not "fictional".
    (Wikipedia)
  • Outopia "derived from the Greek 'ou' for "no" and '-topos' for "place," a fictional, this means unrealistic or directly translated "Nothing, no matter what". This is the other half from Eutopia, and the two together combine to Utopia."
    (Wikipedia)
  • Heterotopia, "the "other place", with its real and imagined possibilities (a mix of "utopian" escapism and turning virtual possibilities into reality)..."
    (Wikipedia)

 

UTOPIA RESOURCES :

  • Utopia
    "This site will open up the dreams, ideas and energies behind a selection of historical utopias. It questions the ups and downs of a visionary approach to life, and considers the ways in which utopias from the past might help us think afresh about the world today."
    - Perfection: Classical Utopias
    - 16th century dreams: Thomas More
    - Reason, religion or both?
    - 18th century: Revolution!
    - 19th century Earthly Utopias
    - 18th & 19th Century Methods for change

    (bl.uk)

 

 

QUOTATIONS :

  • Utopia - Quotations (paradise-engineering.com)
    ex : “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”
    Oscar Wilde

 

 

LITERATURE :

  • Utopia, "with the subtitle On the best state of a republic and on the new island of Utopia (Latin: Dē optimō reī pūblicae statű dēque novā īnsulā Ūtopiā), is a 1516 book by Sir Saint Thomas More.
    The book, written in Latin, is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs."

    (Wikipedia)

 

  • The New Atlantis (1627) by Francis Bacon.
    "This utopian novel was his creation of an ideal land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit" were the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of Bensalem. In this work, he portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge.
    The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Solomon's House", envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure science."

    (Wikipedia)
  • H. G. Wells's A Modern Utopia (1905) "is half fiction and half philosophical debate."
    (Wikipedia)
  • Island (1962) "by Aldous Huxley follows the story of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist, who shipwrecks on the fictional island of Pala and experiences their unique culture and traditions which create a utopian society."
    (Wikipedia)
  • 1984, a novel by George Orwell (Published in 1949)
    It "is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime's propaganda by falsifying records and political literature. Smith grows disillusioned with his meager existence and so begins a rebellion against the system that leads to his arrest and torture..."

    (Wikipedia)
  • The Giver, a novel by Lois Lowry. (1993)
    "It is set in a future society which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian; therefore, it could be considered anti-utopian.
    The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life..."

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

LESSON PLANS :

  • Utopia/Dystopia
    Helpful Hints for Exploring Utopian/Dystopian Texts
    Utopian/Dystopian Framework - Questions

    (openlab.citytech.cuny.edu)
  • Blogtopia: Blogging about Your Own Utopia
    "After studying the utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies..."
    (readwritethink.org)

 

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There's No Place Like Utopia.