Fantasy Islands: Utopia, The Tempest, and New Atlantis as Places of Controlled Credulousness

  title={Fantasy Islands: Utopia, The Tempest, and New Atlantis as Places of Controlled Credulousness},
  author={Guido Giglioni},
Historians have long acknowledged a number of intriguing family resemblances between Thomas More’s Utopia, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis. Allusions, cross-references, and intertextual connections have been duly pointed out and explored.1 In this essay I focus on the role that suspended disbelief plays in the worlds imagined in the three works, for Utopia, Prospero’s island, and Bensalem share the characteristic of being islands of controlled credulousness… Expand
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