TWO ESSAYS ABOUT UTOPIA

TWO ESSAYS ABOUT UTOPIA

DOIS ENSAIOS SOBRE UTOPIA

  • João Almino
  • Universidade de Brasília
  • Portuguese
  • Printed
    • 978-8523-012-05-2
    • Germana Henriques Pereira
    • direcaoedu@gmail.com
    • +55 (61) 3035–4218

The subject of utopia is still current and deserving of renewed debate. This book brings original and relevant interpretations of Thomas More’s classic. In the first essay, the analysis of the narrative’s structure as a literary piece, enacted by several characters – including 4 narrators -, shows that Utopia, by using the dialectics of dialogues and confrontation between characters, avoids suggesting off-the-shelf recipes to be applied leaving an open space. Being fiction is an advantage, it attenuates the “dystopia” in More’s book. In the second essay, this dystopia is shown in the unidimensional and unilateral order, in which rules are imposed by a single ruler of the world, a self-sufficient and almighty interpreter of good, holder of civilization’s values.