Thomas More's Utopia and the Early Modern Travel Narrative
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AbstractThis essay argues that Utopia might be read as a sustained critical response to the published travel narratives of its day. By reproducing, in a parodic and exaggerated manner, the conventions of the early sixteenth-century explorer's tale, Utopia positions itself as a humanist text that takes issue with such elements of the travel narrative as a deliberately simple rhetorical style, repeated truth assertions, and privileging of the eyewitness. By extension, Utopia also interrogates the emergent conjunction of imperialism and empiricism that philosophically girds early explorations of the new world.
All Author(s) ListJason Gleckman
Journal nameJournal of the Northern Renaissance
Volume Number10
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordstravel narrative, Thomas More, Utopia, parody

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