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Ralahine Utopian Studies is the publishing project of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick, in association with colleagues at the University of Bologna, the University of Cyprus, the University of Florida and the University of Maine.

The series publishes high-quality scholarship that addresses the theory and practice of utopianism (including Anglophone, continental European and indigenous and postcolonial traditions, and contemporary and historical periods). Publications (in English and other European languages) include original monographs and essay collections (including theoretical, textual and ethnographic/institutional research), English-language translations of utopian scholarship in other national languages, reissues of classic scholarly works that are out of print and annotated editions of original utopian literary and other texts (including translations).

While the editors seek work that engages with the current scholarship and debates in the field of utopian studies, they will not privilege any particular critical or theoretical orientation. They wel­come submissions by established or emerging scholars working within or outside the academy. Given the multi-lingual and inter-disciplinary remit of the series, they especially welcome comparative studies in any disciplinary or trans-disciplinary framework.

Those interested in contributing to the series are invited to submit a detailed project outline to the Managing Editor of the series, Dr Michael G. Kelly in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick (email: Miscellaneous enquiries regarding the series can be sent to our editor at Peter Lang: Christabel Scaife (email:

The series website can be found here.

Series editors:

  • Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna at Forlì)
  • Antonis Balasopoulos (University of Cyprus)
  • Joachim Fischer (University of Limerick)
  • Michael J. Griffin (University of Limerick)
  • Naomi Jacobs (University of Maine)
  • Michael G. Kelly (University of Limerick)
  • Tom Moylan (University of Limerick)
  • Phillip E. Wegner (University of Florida)

Titles Published

Volume 19: Maïté Maskens and Ruy Blanes (eds.), Utopian Encounters. Anthropologies of Empirical Utopias. 204 pp. 2018. ISBN 978-1-787707-247-3

Volume 18: Darko Suvin, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (Ralahine Classic). 466 pages. 2016. ISBN 978-3-0343-1948-5

Volume 17: Edward K. Chan, The Racial Horizon of Utopia: Unthinking the Future in Late Twentieth-Century American Utopian Novels. 226 pages. 2016. ISBN 978-3-0343-1916-4

Volume 16: Angelika Bammer, Partial Visions: Feminism and Utopianism in the 1970s (Ralahine Classic). 365 pages. 2015. ISBN 978-3-0343-0897-7

Volume 15: Phillip E. Wegner, Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia. 308 pages. 2014. ISBN 978-3-0343-0741-3

Volume 14: Tom Moylan, Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination (Ralahine Classic). 328 pages. 2014. ISBN 978-3-0343-0752-9

Volume 13: Artur Blaim, Gazing in Useless Wonder. English Utopian Fictions 1516-1800. 356 pages. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0899-1

Volume 12: Matthew Beaumont, The Spectre of Utopia. Utopian and Science Fictions at the Fin de Siècle. 319 pages. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343--0725-3

Volume 11: Michael E. Gardiner, Weak Messianism. Essays in Everyday Utopianism. 284 pages. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0716-1

Volume 10: Robert C. Elliott, The Shape of Utopia. Studies in a Literary Genre (Ralahine Classic). Edited with an Introduction by Phillip E. Wegner. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0772-7

Volume 9: Henry Near, Where Community Happens. The Kibbutz and the Philosophy of Communalism. 256 pages. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0133-6

Volume 8: Nathaniel Coleman (ed.), Imagining and Making the World. Reconsidering Architecture and Utopia. 393 pages. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0120-6

Volume 7: Andrew Milner (ed.), Tenses of Imagination. Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia (Ralahine Reader). 253 pages. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-826-7

Volume 6: Darko Suvin, Defined by a Hollow. Essays on Utopia, Science Fiction and Political Epistemology (Ralahine Reader). 616 pages. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-403-0

Volume 5: Barbara Goodwin and Keith Taylor, The Politics of Utopia. A Study in Theory and Practice (Ralahine Classic). 341 pages. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-080-3

Volume 4: Vincent Geoghegan, Utopianism and Marxism (Ralahine Classic). 189 pages. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03910-137-5

Volume 3: Ruth Levitas, The Concept of Utopia (Ralahine Classic). 280 pages. 2010. ISBN 978-3- 03911-366-8

Volume 2: Michael J. Griffin and Tom Moylan (eds), Exploring the Utopian Impulse. Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice. 434 pages. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03910-913-5

Volume 1: Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini (eds), Utopia Method Vision. The Use Value of Social Dreaming. 343 pages. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03910-912-8

All published titles may be ordered from or from Amazon.

Libraries can purchase volumes as a series at a 5% discount directly from Peter Lang.

Pictured at the launch of the Ralahine Utopian Studies Book Series on 1 May 2009 were Michael J. Griffin, Professor (now President) Michael D. Higgins, who launched the series, and Tom Moylan


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