Week 1: Utopia (Thomas More)

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    David Hitchcock
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    One of the most important texts ever written in the early modern period, Thomas More’s Utopia has has an enormous effect on global literature, politics, and the so-called ‘western canon’ since its first publication in 1516 in Latin, and subsequent issue in English from around 1547 onwards. Many scholars credibly claim that More functionally ‘invents’ a type of thinking which we now describe as Utopian, imagining a strange elsewhere in order to learn something about our somewhere.

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