Week 3: The Blazing World

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    David Hitchcock

    Our first Utopia authored by a woman; Cavendish imaginatively constructs a space-faring absolutist utopian society which a fictional version of herself effectively conquers in order to bring retroactive justice to Restoration England. Part wish-fulfilment, part savage criticism of the post-Civil War settlement, Blazing World ignites a new strand of Utopian thinking premised on the immediate goals of power and politics.

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