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“More After More: Essays Commemorating the Five Hundreth Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia”, edited by Ksenia Olkusz, Michał Kłosiński, and Krzysztof M. Maj

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More After More: Essays Commemorating the Five Hundreth Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, edited byKsenia Olkusz, Michał Kłosiński, and Krzysztof M. Maj

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Preface by the Editors

The book “More After More. Essays  Commemorating the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia ” is the first volume of the new publishing series “Frontiers of Nowhere” designed by Facta Ficta Research Centre in Kraków (factaficta.org/en) to probe the boundaries of fictional world-building and contemporary narrative theories.

More After More summarizes also three years of His Master’s Voice research project run by the editors of this volume and featuring three conferences in utopian and dystopian studies (in 2014, 2015, 2016), supported by Jagiellonian University’s Faculty of Polish Studies as well as AGH University of Science and Technology’s Faculty of Humanities. In the special 2016 issue of the esteemed Utopian Studies journal, On the Commemoration of the Five Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, the project was recognized in the report Utopian Studies in Poland: A Preliminary Survey by a Prof. Artur Blaim from the University of Gdańsk, whom we would like to express our many thanks for such kind support. Additionally, our project has greatly benefited from help and guidance offered to us by Prof. Gregory Claeys, Prof. Anna Łebkowska, Prof. Barbara Gąciarz, Prof. Zbigniew Pasek and Dr Danuta Glondys. It is also the reviewer of the volume, Prof. Paweł Frelik, whom we owe our gratitude for taking care of high-quality, in-depth reviews of all chapters, which have greatly helped to deliver the very best value from the contributed manuscripts. Last but not least, those successes would not be possible without the attendees of His Master’s Voice annual conferences, whose promising presentations were selected for further development as chapters for More After More. Thank you all and also to those of you whom we could not have included in this short list—you really help us shaping a true brave new world in the contemporary humanities.

The last edition of His Master’s Voice conference, More After More. Utopias & Dystopias 1516-2016, as well as the publication of this book, were supported by Villa Decius Association, greatly involved in a plethora of successful research projects partnered with the Visegrad Group, as well as by Utopian Studies Society’s international initiative “Utopia 500” (utopia500.net). We are proud to co-operate with people from both the academia and its outsides who support a community-driven spirit of research and work on transgressing the boundaries that lie foundations for walls and barriers—which are nothing but corner stones for future totalitarian dystopias and intellectual regimes.

Correspondingly, More After More, as well as the series “Frontiers of Nowhere”, is meant to be published in full open access and distributed freely in multiformat, as we believe that the current model of high-cost (for publishers, authors, and readers  alike) academic publishing creates a false sense of elitism by restricting the access to knowledge only to the affordable few. Utopian studies deprived of the openness are an unintended contradiction—they rather shape a dystopia by walling off from the outside and enjoying a splendid isolation for a small group of beneficiaries.

We hope that this volume will grant the readers an insight to contemporary interdisciplinary research in utopian and dystopian studies across media, both in their philosophical and artistic dimension—and that it will inspire more research in this relatively small, but important branch of humanities.

Editors

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Utopia at 500
Gregory Claeys

1. Evantropia and Dysantropia: A Possible New Stage in the History of Utopias 26
Lucas Misseri

2. The Facets of “Universal Religion”: Religion in Nineteenth-Century French Utopian Thought 44
Tomasz Szymański

3. Twenty-first Century Critical Dystopias 56
Peter G. Stillman

4. Deconstructing Utopia 74
Krzysztof M. Maj

5. Micro-dystopias as Socio-political Constructs in Post-apocalyptic Narratives 90
Ksenia Olkusz

6. Boredom and Melancholy in Utopias and Dystopias 104
Mariusz Finkielsztein

7. Creating Utopian or Dystopian Worlds in Digital Games 118
Miłosz Markocki

8. SimCity: Where the City Ends 134
Michał Kłosiński

9. “Building the Future and Keeping the Past Alive Are One and the Same Thing”—A Rhetorical Analysis of the Metal Gear Solid Saga 148
Sven Dwulecki

10. Digging the Trench: Fictional Accounts of Utopian Communities and Utopian Closure 172
Verena Adamik

11. Classical Utopian Model. On the Melancholy Status of Jan Parandowski’s Ancient Discourse 188
Rafał Szczerbakiewicz

12. Parodies of Authority in the Soviet Anti-utopias from 1918-1930 210
Andrzej Dróżdż

13. The Analysis of the Element of Space in Negative Utopias by Antoni Lange, Jan Dobraczyński & Vladímir Páral 224
Aleksandra Paluch

14. Libertarian Utopia and Racist Dystopia: Social Commentary in Robert Heinlein’s Farnham’s Freehold 238
Piotr Stasiewicz

15. No Light Without Shadow: The Control of Language and Discourse in Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Fiction 252
Anna De Vaul

16. Senescence in Young Adult Dystopias 266
Anna Bugajska

17. Modern Wastelands: The Psychogeographical Dystopia of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise 280
Marcin Tereszewski

18. The Use of Multimodal Narrative Techniques in Creating Dystopian Undertones Permeating David Foster Wallace’s Short Fiction 294
Maja Wojdyło

19. A Utopian, a Martyr or a Fool: Fictional Portrayals of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons and Wolf Hall 310
Barbara Klonowska

20. The Pelagian Roots of Utopia—The Problem of Good and Evil
in the Novels Pronalazak Athanatika by Vladan Desnica and Koraljna vrata by Pavao Pavličić 322
Anna Boguska

21. The Elementary Particles: Brave New World According to Michel Houellebecq 338
Michał Palmowski

22. The Unusual Dystopia of Never Let Me Go (2010) 352
Eleni Varmazi

23. Transmetropolitan. Dystopia, Hyperbole, and the Superhero 364
Justyna Galant

24. Liberation, Redemption, Autonomy: Contemporary Utopias in Southern Italian Popular Music 376
Marcello Messina

25. Arnold Schoenberg’s Dodecaphonic Method as Representation
of an Artistic Utopia 394
Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk

26. Space Utopia in the 1970s of the Twentieth Century on the Basis of the Kobaïan World 406
Łukasz Stec
 

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