Conditions of Historical Possibility

Author: Michael D. Gordin,Helen Tilley,Gyan Prakash

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834952

Category: History

Page: 312

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The concepts of utopia and dystopia have received much historical attention. Utopias have traditionally signified the ideal future: large-scale social, political, ethical, and religious spaces that have yet to be realized. Utopia/Dystopia offers a fresh approach to these ideas. Rather than locate utopias in grandiose programs of future totality, the book treats these concepts as historically grounded categories and examines how individuals and groups throughout time have interpreted utopian visions in their daily present, with an eye toward the future. From colonial and postcolonial Africa to pre-Marxist and Stalinist Eastern Europe, from the social life of fossil fuels to dreams of nuclear power, and from everyday politics in contemporary India to imagined architectures of postwar Britain, this interdisciplinary collection provides new understandings of the utopian/dystopian experience. The essays look at such issues as imaginary utopian perspectives leading to the 1856-57 Xhosa Cattle Killing in South Africa, the functioning racist utopia behind the Rhodesian independence movement, the utopia of the peaceful atom and its global dissemination in the mid-1950s, the possibilities for an everyday utopia in modern cities, and how the Stalinist purges of the 1930s served as an extension of the utopian/dystopian relationship. The contributors are Dipesh Chakrabarty, Igal Halfin, Fredric Jameson, John Krige, Timothy Mitchell, Aditya Nigam, David Pinder, Marci Shore, Jennifer Wenzel, and Luise White.

Interpreting Thomas More's Utopia

Author: John C. Olin

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823212330

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 98

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The proceedings of a symposium commemorating the 450th anniversary of Thomas More's death and the 50th anniversary of his canonization, Interpreting Thomas More's Utopia presents four leading Morean scholars on various aspects central to understanding More's masterpiece. An introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo in which he assesses More's influence on his career in public life precedes this stimulating discussion. The contributions, in order of appearance, are A Personal Appreciationby Mario M. Cuomo, The Argument of Utopiaby George M. Logan, The Key to Nowhere: Pride and Utopiaby Thomas I. White, Utopia and Martyrdomby Germain Marc'hadour, and The Idea of Utopia from Hesiod to John Paul IIby John C. Olin.

Utopia and the Ideal Society

A Study of English Utopian Writing 1516-1700

Author: J. C. Davis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521275514

Category: History

Page: 427

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This book opens with an attempt to give clarity, substance and precision to the definition of utopia by isolating its characteristics in contrast with those of other forms of ideal society. The value of these distinctions is shown in a detailed re-examination of the sixteenth-century European writers who developed the re-emergent form of utopia.


Originally Printed in Latin, 1516

Author: Sir Thomas More (Saint)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Utopias

Page: 168

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Ideology and Utopia

Author: Karl Mannheim

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415060547

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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A new edition of Karl Mannheim's classic work in which the concepts of 'ideology' and 'utopia' are examined as opposing and dominant societal influences.

More: Utopia

Author: Sir Thomas More (Saint),Thomas More

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521525404

Category: History

Page: 134

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A fully revised edition of one of the most successful volumes in the entire series of Cambridge Texts.

Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century

Essays in English and French Utopian Writing

Author: Nicole Pohl,Brenda Tooley

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754654353

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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Utopian exchanges : negotiating difference in utopia / Lee Cullen Khanna -- A fragile utopia of sensibility : David Simple / Joseph F. Bartolomeo -- Gothic utopia : heretical sanctuary in Ann Radcliffe's The Italian / Brenda Tooley -- Rewriting Rousseau : Isabelle de Charrière's domestic dystopia / Caroline Weber -- Utopia in the seraglio : feminist hermeneutics and Montesquieu's Lettres persanes / Mary McAlpin -- Transparency and the enlightenment body : utopian space in Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall and De Sade's The 120 days of sodom / Ana M. Acosta -- Emperess of the world : gender and the voyage utopia / Nicole Pohl -- A man might find every think in your country : improvement, patriarchy and gender in Robert Paltock's The life and adventures of Peter Wilkins / Elizabeth Hagglund and Jonathan Laidlow -- Generating regenerated generations : race, kinship and sexuality in Henry Neville's Isle of pines / Seth Denbo -- Thinking globally, acting locally : enlightenment utopianism for 21st century feminists? / Alessa Johns.

The Task of Utopia

A Pragmatist and Feminist Perspective

Author: Erin McKenna

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742513198

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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Are utopian visions viable in the 21st century? Utopia has been equated, for many, with totalitarianism. Such visions are not acceptable. The loss of utopian visions altogether is also unacceptable. This book argues that American Pragmatism and Feminist theory can combine to provide a process model of utopia that pushes to build a flexible future that helps us deal with change, conflict, and diversity without resorting to fixed ends.