Utopian Literature and Science

From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and Beyond

  • Patrick Parrinder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Patrick Parrinder
      Pages 1-20
  3. Sciences of Observation and Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  4. The Human Animal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Patrick Parrinder
      Pages 113-125
  5. Modern Utopias and Post-Human Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Patrick Parrinder
      Pages 160-174
    3. Patrick Parrinder
      Pages 175-188
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-222

About this book


Scientific progress is usually seen as a precondition of modern utopias, but science and utopia are frequently at odds. Ranging from Galileo's observations with the telescope to current ideas of the post-human and the human-animal boundary, this study brings a fresh perspective to the paradoxes of utopian thinking since Plato.


Utopia dystopia science fiction literature and science post-human 19th-century literature 20th-century literature English literature fiction Franz Kafka knowledge Plato scientific revolution singular warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick Parrinder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK

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