Utopia III or an Ambiguous Humanist Utopia for the Second Millennium

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Portuguese literature does not have many examples of successful and renowned utopias, though the considerable amount of published utopias written in foreign languages and translated to Portuguese language being quite relevant. However, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, almost at the eve of the second millennium an important Portuguese utopia was published: Utopia III, written by Pina Martins (1998). This long novel is structured as being the sequel of More’s Utopia, presenting the history and actual status of the mother of all literary utopias. The question at the basis of the whole novel is, “What would More’s Utopia be like today?” The main goal of this text will be to presente a literary analysis of Utopia III, focusing on the humanist principles and their adaptation to contemporary society, the search for a harmonious relationship between city and nature, the defence of a Portuguese identity and the appeal to a humanist renewal
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProportion, (dis)Harmonies, Identities
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Jorge Firmino Nunes, Maria Alexandra Quintas, Maria do Rosário Pimentel, Maria João Pereira Neto, Pedro Gomes Januário
Place of PublicationLisboa
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-989-97265-0-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Multidisciplinary Conference Proportion, (dis)Harmonies, Identities - Fundação Oriente, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 19 May 201521 May 2015


ConferenceInternational Multidisciplinary Conference Proportion, (dis)Harmonies, Identities


  • Pina Martins
  • ambiguous utopia
  • Thomas More
  • Utopia


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