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The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literatures

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  • Covers a range of areas including politics, environment, body and mind, and social organization
  • Deals with utopian thought in art, film, gaming, graphic novels, and literature
  • Addresses literatures of Africa, Australia, China, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and more

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Table of contents (56 chapters)

  1. Concepts

  2. Historical Contexts

  3. Aesthetic Forms and Genres


About this book

The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literatures celebrates a literary genre already over 500 years old. Specially commissioned essays from established and emerging international scholars reflect the vibrancy of utopian vision, and its resiliency as idea, genre, and critical mode. Covering politics, environment, geography, body and mind, and social organization, the volume surveys current research and maps new areas of study. The chapters include investigations of anarchism, biopolitics, and postcolonialism and study film, art, and literature. Each essay considers central questions and key primary works, evaluates the most recent research, and outlines contemporary debates. Literatures of Africa, Australia, China, Latin America, and the Middle East are discussed in this global, cross-disciplinary, and comprehensive volume.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Peter Marks

  • Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and English, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

    Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor

  • Department of Anglo-American Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

    Fátima Vieira

About the editors

Peter Marks is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Sydney, Australia.  He is the author of four monographs, including George Orwell the Essayist (2011), Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film (2015) and British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings (2018).

Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA. She is author of Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions (2013) and three other authored or edited volumes, publishing as well numerous articles and book chapters on literature and the environment. She is past president of the Society for Utopian Studies. 

Fátima Vieira has coordinated four funded projects on utopianism. She has edited or co-edited several volumes in the field, among them Food Futures: Ethics, Science and Culture (2016) and Dystopia Matters: On the page, on screen, on stage (2013), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and English. She was the Chair of the Utopian Studies Society / Europe from 2006 to 2016. 

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