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Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

In Search of the Utopian States of America

Intentional Communities in Novels of the Long Nineteenth Century

Authors: Adamik, Verena

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  • Explores the seemingly direct link between utopianism and the USA and how it evolved over the course of the nineteenth century
  • Traces the constituents of this relationship through a set of literary examples which have not been analysed together in this combination before
  • Highlights how the authors evaluated the utopian potential of the USA, and thus historicizes the development of the utopian imagination from a variety of perspectives
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This book endeavours to understand the seemingly direct link between utopianism and the USA, discussing novels that have never been brought together in this combination before, even though they all revolve around intentional communities: Imlay’s The Emigrants (1793), Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (1852), Howland’s Papas Own Girl (1874), Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio (1899), and Du Bois’s The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911). They relate nation and utopia not by describing perfect societies, but by writing about attempts to immediately live radically different lives. Signposting the respective communal history, the readings provide a literary perspective to communal studies, and add to a deeply necessary historicization for strictly literary approaches to US utopianism, and for studies that focus on Pilgrims/Puritans/Founding Fathers as utopian practitioners. This book therefore highlights how the authors evaluated the USA’s utopian potential and traces the nineteenth-century development of the utopian imagination from various perspectives.

About the authors

Verena Adamik is a research and teaching assistant at the Department for American Studies of the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Search of the Utopian States of America
Book Subtitle
Intentional Communities in Novels of the Long Nineteenth Century
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-60279-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-60279-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-60278-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 248
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