College of Social Studies
English (United States)
In this thesis, I read Thomas More’s 1516 Latin text, Utopia, as a work of transitional political economy. Situating this text (which is, incidentally, the first use of the term “Utopia”) within the rise of a specifically economic form of labor, I show how More’s presentation of labor contains a crucial duality—and thus tension—between its emergent economic form and its literary expression as toil. This is a duality that contains an emancipatory interrelationship between economic means and poetic ends that finds expression in a tendency to reduce toil in the aggregate on this imaginary island.
Brown, Spencer A., "An End to Endless Toil: Political Economy and Poetic Form in Utopia" (2019). Honors Theses - All. 2254.
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