Monday, November 10, 2008

Women's Country - Utopian Literature

Gate to Women's Country is an example of Utopian Literature. Briefly, utopian literature looks at the way society could be in perfect world. Some variants include distopian literature (society in a totally disastrous world), and ectopian literature (society in an ecologically aware society). All are utopian in the sense that they portray a perfect world, depending on your definition of perfect. ("Perfectly horrible" works!) Utopian literature lets an author fiddle with the workings of society, and see "what will happen if we change this..."

Some well known examples of utopian literature include Thomas More's Utopia (he coined the phrase), Plato's Republic, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Check out this list of Utopian titles in the library.

As you're reading Gate to Women's Country, would you describe this society as utopian? Distopian? A combination?

What parts of it work for you? What parts don't work for you? Using Tepper's basic framework, what would you have be different in Women's Country?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read The Gate to Women's Country when it first came out (a while ago), and several times after that. The whole concept, the gradual enlightenment that comes upon the reader as the true nature of this country and this gate is revealed, makes it one of the books I've never forgotten. I think I would label it: "post-apocalyptic survivalist self-defence contemplative selected evolution tactics". Or something like that...