Our newest title, Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions, features thought-provoking works by Ursula K. Le Guin, Oscar Wilde, Vladimir Lenin, Jennifer Egan, George Saunders, and others. Imperfect Ideal is an exciting collection of short stories, poems, and essays that illustrate the best and worst of what can happen when we attempt to mold the complex communities in which we live into our vision of a perfect society. All 23 selections in this anthology challenge readers to question what kinds of communities are most conducive to human fulfillment, both privately and in the civic arena. Imperfect Ideal is available in print and ebook.
To complement Imperfect Ideal, we have developed discussion guides for seven utopian and dystopian novels and films:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Republic by Plato
Alphaville directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott
Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang
These free discussion guides are downloadable from our web site and will offer more ways to engage with the themes in our newest anthology. Each guide contains an overview of the novel or film, as well as thought-provoking questions to support lively discussion of these cultural masterpieces.