Hermann Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel: At the frontier of a modern Utopia

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This paper is divided into 5 parts: 1: Introducing the paradigm of ancient utopia based on More, Campanella and Bacon’s models; 2: Ancient utopia paradigmatic principles aiming its fulfilment in future time; its matrix: Plato’s Republic; 3: Modern utopia paradigm according to fundamental aims such as peculiar regeneration, collective rebuilding, and detached consciousness among individuals looking forward to an open society; 4: Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel modern utopian model: dynamics inside-outside Kastalia in order to surpass its frontiers with the help of fantasy and creativity while building a community implementing: dignity, humbleness, and freedom in every citizen based on the consolidation of principle-of-responsibility within a present time lapse; 5: Modern literary work of art: dance metaphor. Knecht‘s wisdom plus Tito’s creativity: the basis of consciousness towards a modern utopia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUtopia’s Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315265322
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventUtopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary - Museu do Oriente, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 20 Oct 201622 Oct 2016


ConferenceUtopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary
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  • Utopia
  • Frontier
  • Modernity
  • Open-Society
  • Principle of Responsibility


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