The illustration shows parts of a machine inside a man's head.
British Literature

The Man and the Machine in “Erewhon”

March 6, 2021

“Erewhon” has a certain timeless quality because it includes “Book of the Machines”, which speaks to the anxieties of 21st-century readers just as much, maybe even more, than it speaks to Victorian anxieties. […]

Letters combining to make utopia.
British Literature

Social Norms of the Erewhonians

March 6, 2021

Through his focus on religion, education, and health, Samuel Butler presents perplexing features of the Erewhonian society. […]

A portrait of Samuel Butler.
British Literature

The Utopian World of “Erewhon”

March 6, 2021

Samuel Butler’s “Erewhon” is set on a large, lush tract of land located beyond a mountain pass, in a space unmapped but completely mappable. […]

Photo shows a chest, quill in an ink pot, an old sheet of paper, a candle and an old pair of spectacles.
British Literature

Utopian Fiction after Thomas More

February 18, 2021

Thomas More’s “Utopia” gave the writers of the later ages enough ideas to explore. Some writers parodied More’s concept of utopia, while others followed in his footsteps. […]

An illustration of Sir Thomas More.
British Literature

Thomas More’s Utopian Ideas

February 5, 2021

Sir Thomas More, the social reformer provides interesting details of a well-functioning society. However, we can’t miss the contradictions inherent in the very idea of utopia. […]

The word utopia seen in a dictionary.
British Literature

Thomas More: The Man and his “Utopia”

February 4, 2021

We see the heavy influence of Greek thought in Thomas More’s “Utopia”. He compels us to imagine a better society and sets the major conventions for utopian literature. […]

The statue of Shakespeare, Leicester Square in London, UK.
British Literature

The Edenic World of ‘As You Like It’

December 28, 2020

Far from the world of evil and corrupt court, is the world of the forest. It is a world o true reality where there is no room for flattery. Here people live in harmony with nature and resolve all their conflicts. […]

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