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Utopia and Alternative Voice

We’ve opened up this website for the use of the new reading group started within Alternative Voice (an Aberystwyth and district anti austerity group/network). That group is welcome to post notices of meetings and blog posts on readings and whatever… If we want to sign up new members, just email me their email addresses and/or I’ll make a regular Alternative Voice reading group attendee an administrator (kelvin.john.mason at gmail.com).

On utopia (as an antidote to austerity!), Kat’s reading group down Bristol way wanted utopian/dystopian readings, so here’s  some classics:

OUP collect Thomas Moore’s Utopia, Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis and Henry Neville’s The Isle of Pines (ed Susan Bruce, 2008)

Malcolm Milies’ Urban Utopia’s (Routledge, 2008) links literary and practical utopias, and urban theory, of course

Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia (1975, 2004) may be environmentalism’s first stab at utopia – and is an interesting attempt at crossover fiction/environmetalism

Merlin Coverley’ Utopia (2010, Pocket Essentials) is a a review of the history, politics and liteature of the idea

Coverley covers some of the most influential literary utopia/dystopia fiction, including: 1984, Brave New World, Ursula K Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, and Feminist novels Woman on the Edge of Time (Piercy, which I’m trying to reread at the moment) and the brilliant/chilling Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood)