Course Overview

Welcome to the WordPress site for “A History of Our Hopeful Tomorrows”, which is a Level 7 (Taught M.A.) module delivered at Canterbury Christ Church in Canterbury (UK). This is an online version of that module.

The course covers ten key moments / authors in early modern and modern utopian thought, starting in 1516 with More and Utopia, and ending in the 1980s with Butler and Lilith’s Brood / Xenogenesis. It could cover countless more. Utopian thought is a deep-seated tendency in human cultural production, pretty much everywhere and at any time in our history, in one form or another.


Q: “What makes this a ‘graduate’ course?”
A: Several things, not least that some measure of prior engagement with utopian literature is assumed by the reading material, the assignments that our MA cohort will undertake will be demanding in comparison to undergraduate work, the set amount of reading is higher than at undergraduate level, and some of the questions and concepts we intend to wrestle with in seminars and on this site might prove daunting or difficult for undergraduates.

Q: “If I follow along using this website, will I have completed a graduate humanities course?”
A: Not really, no. This site provides only some of the resources (mainly the ‘core’ ones) for each week’s session. And much of what it means to complete a course of study lies in the assessments that are involved. Only the physical class at CCCU will be undertaking marked essays, creative work, seminar discussions, and so on.

Q: “So what is this for, then?”
A: For anyone who is interested, and wishes to travel with us through the material, and who wants to enter into a dialogue with the students undertaking the physical course. We can’t provide every resource or reading to you, but we have set up a forum where anyone can post and exchange their thoughts on the material, and each week under “course content” contains various open access resources. Many of these texts are usefully out of copyright, and so we can all discuss them freely and easily together.