In Search of a Land of Happiness : Utopia and its Discontents

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationDall’antico al moderno
Subtitle of host publicationImmagini del classico nelle letterature Europee
Editors Piero Boitani, Emilia di Rocco
Place of PublicationRome
Pages135-155
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStoria e Letteratura
Number293
ISSN (Print)2531-5331

Abstract

Utopia as the ideal of a good society is universal in both the East and the West, an idea that manifests itself in literature, social and political theory, and philosophy, but utopia with its emphasis on the collective interests at the expense of individual freedom has the tendency to turn to its verse, namely dystopia. The chapter discusses the universal urge for a good society and the importance of balance between the social and the individual, the literary imagination and social reality.

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  • utopia, anti-utopia, dystopia, community, individual

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In Search of a Land of Happiness : Utopia and its Discontents. / Zhang, Longxi.

Dall’antico al moderno: Immagini del classico nelle letterature Europee. ed. / Piero Boitani; Emilia di Rocco. Rome, 2015. p. 135-155 (Storia e Letteratura; No. 293).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)