COHFA | 16th Century British Literature

Title

Back from the Clouds: A Summation of Chloe Houston’s The Renaissance Utopia

Presenter Information

Jason AllenFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Literature

Minor

N/A

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Dr. Barbara Cobb

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

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Chloe Houston’s The Renaissance Utopia: Dialogue, Travel, and the Ideal Society is a book that transforms our conceptions of utopias. Houston shows that utopias—primarily including those imagined in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe—in form have evolved from abstract philosophizing to calls for actual social reform. She discusses how these utopian works take the form of dialogues, satire, and travel narrative to achieve to imply a need for reform. Reviewers of Houston’s work suggest a bias from the lack of certain details in the works she discusses, but her book is overall a valuable inclusion in studies of utopias and their evolution of such a concept over time.

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16th Century British Literature

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Back from the Clouds: A Summation of Chloe Houston’s The Renaissance Utopia

Chloe Houston’s The Renaissance Utopia: Dialogue, Travel, and the Ideal Society is a book that transforms our conceptions of utopias. Houston shows that utopias—primarily including those imagined in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe—in form have evolved from abstract philosophizing to calls for actual social reform. She discusses how these utopian works take the form of dialogues, satire, and travel narrative to achieve to imply a need for reform. Reviewers of Houston’s work suggest a bias from the lack of certain details in the works she discusses, but her book is overall a valuable inclusion in studies of utopias and their evolution of such a concept over time.