Utopian studies

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Utopian studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that researches utopianism in all its forms, including utopian politics, utopian literature and art, utopian theory, and intentional communities.

Significant utopian studies scholars (in roughly chronological order)[edit]

Principal journals, conferences, societies, awards[edit]




  • Society for Utopian Studies, annual
  • Utopian Studies Society, annual


  • The Lyman Tower Sargent Distinguished Scholar Award, made by the Society for Utopian Studies.

Significant works[edit]

  • Ernst Bloch. The Principle of Hope. 3 Vols. Trans. Neville Plaice, Stephen Plaice, Paul Knight. Oxford: Blackwell, 1986 [1937-41].
  • Gregory Claeys and Lyman Tower Sargent (eds). The Utopia Reader. New York: New York University Press, 1999.
  • Gregory Claeys (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to utopian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Vincent Geoghegan. Utopianism and Marxism. London: Methuen, 1987.
  • Fredric Jameson. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. London: Verso, 2005.
  • Krishnan Kumar. Utopia and Anti-utopia in Modern Times. Oxford: Blackwell, 1987.
  • Krishnan Kumar. Utopianism. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1991.
  • Ruth Levitas. The Concept of Utopia. London: Allan, 1990.
  • Karl Mannheim. Ideology and Utopia: an Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge. Trans. Louis Wirth and Edward Shils. London: Routledge, 1936 [1929].
  • Tom Moylan. Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination. London: Methuen, 1986.
  • Tom Moylan. Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia. Boulder and Oxford: Westview Press, 2000.
  • Tom Moylan and Rafaella Baccolini(eds). Utopia-Method-Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2007.
  • Peter Y. Paik. From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010.
  • Lyman Tower Sargent. British and American Utopian Literature 1516-1985: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1988.
  • Lyman Tower Sargent. Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Lucy Sargisson. Contemporary Feminist Utopianism. London: Routledge, 1996.
  • Lucy Sargisson and Lyman Tower Sargent. Living in Utopia: New Zealand's Intentional Communities. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
  • Darko Suvin. Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.
  • Darko Suvin. Defined by a Hollow: Essays on Utopia, Science Fiction and Political Epistemology. Frankfurt am Main, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2010.
  • Raymond Williams. Tenses of Imagination: Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia. Ed. Andrew Milner. Frankfurt am Main, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2010.

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