Utopia and its frontiers: Definitions and consequences in More's Utopia and Miguel Real's novel O Último Europeu

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In this paper, I will try to explore the complex relationship between utopias needs for isolation, concealment, and/or protection from “contamination”, and the consequences of such decision to the survival of utopian societies. The location of the utopian society, either an island or an enclave, has proved to be one of its central issues, determining frequently the “fortune” of the utopian project. My analysis will be centred in Thomas More and Miguel Real literary texts. The choice is deliberate: More’s text laid the foundations of literary utopias, and Miguel Real following the tradition, sets his last European utopian living in the island of Pico. Through the comparative analysis of the two texts, I hope to help questioning the notion, function, and use of the concept of frontier in the 16th and 21st centuries.
Original languagePortuguese
Place of PublicationLisboa
Media of outputOnline
Size16.03 min
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Event«Fronteiras da utopia: história e imaginário» - Universidade dos Açores – Pólo de Ponta Delgada, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Duration: 10 Nov 201611 Nov 2016


  • Renaissance
  • Thomas More
  • Utopia
  • Miguel Real
  • O Último Europeu

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