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date: 23 January 2020

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This article charts the variety and complexity of the Utopian tradition in English. It discusses the sources and intertextualities of Utopia and its utopian project, in other words the other texts and historical developments utopia is in dialogue with; the continued development of the utopian framework of thought from 1516 to 1640; and the dialectic of engagement and disengagement that utopianism imposes on people who would respond to it, whether for the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries or for the present.

Keywords: Utopian tradition, English prose, utopian project, utopianism, engagement

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