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Introduction

  • Antonio Donato
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)

Abstract

Scholars have traditionally considered Italian Renaissance utopias as a broad category, including works as diverse as city panegyrics and imitations of More’s Utopia. In the past few years, scholars have narrowed their focus to a handful of texts. However, both these exegetical schools have been unable to develop clear criteria to determine as to what constitutes an Italian Renaissance utopia. The lack of a proper definition has made it difficult to capture the distinctiveness of Italian Renaissance utopianism. However, identifying Italian Renaissance utopias through rigorous criteria enables us to recognize that the hallmark of these works is the creative exploration of the literary and conceptual potential of the genre inaugurated by More.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Donato
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  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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