Going Nowhere: Travelling to, Through, And from Utopia (Essay) By Utopian Studies

Going Nowhere: Travelling to, Through, And from Utopia (Essay)

By Utopian Studies

  • Release Date: 2008-01-01
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality

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Now, we are often told, more people travel--more often and to more diverse destinations--than at any other time in human history. Almost all of those journeys are begun in hope, entail some sacrifice or, worse, some misery in order to achieve a destination (exotic or otherwise) which has been imagined as a satisfactory, even if alien, end to that inconvenience. Very many, if not the majority, of these journeys involve a recording process and the confrontation of our future selves and others with the recalling of adventures, wonders, admiration, or disillusionment. The parallels with the depiction of travel in utopian fiction are immediately obvious. So obvious, perhaps, that they have been relegated to the commonplace. A consequence has been the relative neglect of the process and implications of travel to, through, and from utopia in favour of analysis of the destination itself. Underpinning this article is the suggestion that such neglect is unwarranted, that a number of speculative questions might form the basis of a renewed interest in the juxtaposition of the discourses of travel and utopian thought, and that there are rich rewards to be gained from such an exercise. I