Feminist utopian literature: the origins of the genre

  • Юрий Анатольевич Жаданов Харьковский национальный университет имени В. Н. Каразина
  • Татьяна Владимировна Жаданова Национальная академия Национальной гвардии Украины
Keywords: utopian problematics, religious utopia, narrator image, elitist utopia, utopian chronotope, feminocentric utopia


The article deals with the processes of origin and development of female utopian literature. Three main stages of the evolution of the genre are distinguished. The first stage was studied - the era of the XVII - XVIIІ centuries. Particular attention is paid to Cary, M. Cavendish and S. Scott’s works. Their key works have been analyzed. The basic genre features of the new literary phenomenon are distinguished, the revealed differences from the products of the traditional male utopia are revealed.



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Author Biographies

Юрий Анатольевич Жаданов, Харьковский национальный университет имени В. Н. Каразина
кандидат филологических наук, доцент кафедры истории зарубежной литературы и классической филологии
Татьяна Владимировна Жаданова, Национальная академия Национальной гвардии Украины
преподаватель кафедры делового английского языка


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How to Cite
Жаданов, Ю. А., & Жаданова, Т. В. (2017). Feminist utopian literature: the origins of the genre. The Journal of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Series “Philology”, (76), 133-137. Retrieved from https://periodicals.karazin.ua/philology/article/view/9107
Genre transformation and expansion of discursive features of artistic text