Man’s Desire Exceeds His Grasp –The Prestige as Utopia

By Daniel Cojocaru


1. Chesterton, G.K., “Mr H.G. Wells and the Giants”, in Heretics. London: Bodley Head, 1905. 73-4.

2. Girard, René. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Trans. James G. Williams. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001. 9.

3. Girard René. Deceit, Desire and the Novel. Trans. Yvonne Freccero. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1965. 61.

4. See Nolan (2006), 1:11:58.

5. See Nolan (2006), 22:54.

6. The term “Utopia” was coined from the Greek “outopos” meaning “nowhereplace” and “eutopos” meaning “good place. The “u” of “utopia” thus unites in itself the “ou” and “eu” the “nowhere”-part and the “good”-part.

7. Kumar, Krishan. Utopia and Anti-Utopia in Modern Times. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987. 31.

8. Ibid., 14. Kumar argues that utopia appears only in societies with classical and Christian heritage (1987, 19).

9. Daniel 2:34. All quotations from the Bible are from the King James Version. Lyman Tower Sargent distinguishes utopias brought about without human effort and those brought about with human effort. See “Utopian Traditions: Themes and Variations,” in: Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World, eds. Roland Schaer, Gregory Claeys, and Lyman Tower Sargent. New York / Oxford: The New York Public Library / Oxford University Press, 2000. 8.

10. Kumar (1987), 14.

11. Ibid., 18.

12. See Cohn, Norman. The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages. London: Paladin, 1970.

13. Kumar (1987), 22.

14. Daniel 2:10.

15. Jacob Bronowski, Magic, Science, and Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 1978. 39.

16. Kumar (1987), 30.

17. Ibid., 29-31.

18. Ibid., 28.

19. Girard (1965), 137.

20. See (Nolan 2006), 50:38.

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