Ok…I know it’s been SUCH a long time since I posted anything (Almost 6 months…Shame’s here, I guarantee!) but with the summer holidays and my exams coming up this year…Well, I got a tiny bit lazy. Still, I was so happy to see the blog still had some viewers : ) (Finally had viewers from Hong-Kong and South Korea but have no idea if they understood anything…)
Okay so basically, being back in school means I get to have some English literature lessons and you get to have some new posts!
So…Let me see…We started a new theme in September: Imaginary worlds. It’s pretty awesome when you think about it and we focused on utopias… (Happily, our English teacher is merciful and did not talk about Gargantua!)
The word “Utopia” comes from the Greek “υ-τοπος” which literally means “nowhere”. It was the name given to something which would be absolutely perfect and was used very often as a political tool. It’s literary purpose was also to underline the imperfections of the society.
For thousands of years, men imagined wonderful utopias in response to their society’s struggles such as religious tensions, persecutions, dictatorships, poverty, inequalities…And the list goes on.
The main questions raised concerning this topic were: “Can literature contribute to making a utopia come true?” , “How do writers respond to the world they live in?”, “When they disagree or dream of change, do they act within society’s rules or against them?”
We talked a little bit about it and came up with a few examples: 1984 by Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Utopia by Thomas More and even Narnia by Lewis (One day, I’ll buy all the Narnia books in a very pretty edition…Feeling that’s a utopia…). We discussed about one of Plato’s dialogs in “The Republic” which evoked a perfect world ruled by wisdom and reason…And he eventually came up with the idea that feelings and emotions were bad (Go tell that to Austen, she’ll be delighted!). Virgil also had his own Utopian world: It would reach perfection thanks to human progress. To finish with, we briefly talked about the garden of Eden which is described as a perfect world in the Genesis of the Bible. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite last…
Ok, that’s it for this post…Next post? Thomas More and his Utopia! ; )