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Modes of FaithSecular Surrogates for Lost Religious Belief$
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Theodore Ziolkowski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226983639

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226983660.001.0001

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The Longing for Utopia

The Longing for Utopia

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(p.174) Chapter Eight The Longing for Utopia
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Modes of Faith
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Theodore Ziolkowski

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226983660.003.0008

If the inward turn to art had failed, along with the outward turn to political solutions, whether in community or myth, the obvious solution was Nowhere, the place called Nusquama, Erewhon, or—in the phrase coined by Thomas More—Utopia. But where is “Nowhere”? In space? in time? In another dimension altogether? The startling scientific advances at the turn of the twentieth century opened new dimensions for exploration and exposed unanticipated potentialities for the positing of utopian visions just when Newtonian time and Copernican space seemed to be exhausted. The early and still classic model of this new type of utopia is H. G. Wells's A Modern Utopia (1905). This chapter examines utopia in three works of fiction: H. G. Wells's Men Like Gods, Yevgeny Zamiatin's We, and Gerhart Hauptmann's Island of the Great Mother.

Keywords:   utopia, space, time, H. G. Wells, Men Like Gods, Yevgeny Zamiatin, We, Gerhart Hauptmann, Island of the Great Mother, exploration

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