Utopia Victoriana : the utopian novel in late Victorian Britain, 1871-1905

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dc.contributor.advisor Stern, Rebecca F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Prince, John S. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial e-uk-en en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:30:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:30:07Z
dc.date.created 2003 en_US
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2003 .P75 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/179796
dc.description.abstract This study focuses on three significant issues addressed by utopian literature of the late Victorian period: the class struggle and the resulting debate about capitalism and socialism, the nature and significance of language, and the influence of Darwin's theory of evolution on attitudes toward human existence. The utopian reaction to each of these three issues reflects the increasingly scientific investigation and analysis of specialized fields of knowledge that developed throughout the nineteenth century. Within the context of major scientific advancements in biology, geology, linguistics, and technology, utopian literature of the late-Victorian period, c. 1871-1905, responds primarily to two opposing nineteenth-century attitudes, the complacent optimism of laissez-faire individualism and the resigned pessimism of naturalistic determinism. Literary utopianism of the late nineteenth century is an attempt to resolve the philosophical and epistemological conflict between the impersonal and seemingly unalterable natural laws of science and the indomitable human will. I contend that the utopian novel re-emerges in the last third of the nineteenth century at the intersection of scientific discourse and literary discourse. I further argue that the late Victorian utopia marks a critical transition between the classic utopia the modern utopia. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent v, 185 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Utopias in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.title Utopia Victoriana : the utopian novel in late Victorian Britain, 1871-1905 en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1259302 en_US

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