Robert Appelbaum, "Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England"
Publisher: Cambridge University Press | ISBN: 0521009154 | edition 2010 | PDF | 270 pages | 1,11 mb
There is nothing quite like this in the literature on utopian literature. It is focused on a short era, 1603-1670, and it dwells on many texts, persons, and events that have long since been forgotten. But it captures a movement of thought that still has relevance today, turning its material into a story of almost epic scope. (The author himself indicates that the story of the rise and decline of the utopian imagination in the seventeenth century is something of a tragedy.) Although this book is highly theoretical, very lit-crit and not entirely jargon-free, it is very readable.