"Transnational Utopian Literature: Influences on the United States into the Twenty-first Century"
Chair: Annette M. Magid
America was viewed in the eighteenth and nineteenth century as a land of opportunity. The Revolutionary and Civil Wars brought devastation and renewal to a fledgling nation. Literature and theater reflected an emerging nation open to nationalism, naturalism, realism and growth. Thinkers such as Edward Bellamy, Robert Owens, Charles Fourier and others utilized the vast American territory as experimental testing ground for their proposed theories. What influences do the utopian theorists have on ecology, environmentalism, technology, and/or corporate hegemony in the twenty-first century as depicted in print or on stage?
As we move into the twenty-first century, it is important to assess the influence and direction initiated by those philosophers and theorists such as Edward Bellamy, Robert Owens, Charles Fourier and others who had dreams of enabling others to live, work and recreate in an ideal environment.
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