Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity

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Juni 2002



Imaginary Communities explores the genre of utopian literature as a tool for understanding the literary, cultural and social theories of modern spatiality.


Acknowledgments Introduction: The Reality of Imaginary Communities 1. Genre and the Spatial Histories of Modernity The Institutional Being of Genre Space and Modernity Estrangement and the Temporality of Utopia 2. Utopia and the Birth of Nations Re-authoring, or the Origins of Institutions Utopiques and Conceptualized Space Crime and History Utopia and the Nation-Thing Utopia and the Work of Nations 3. Writing the New American (Re)Public: Remembering and Forgetting in Looking Backward Remembering The Contemporary Cul-de-Sac Fragmentation Consumerism and Class "The Associations of Our Active Lifetime" Forgetting 4. The Occluded Future: Red Star and The Iron Heel as "Critical Utopias" Red Star and the Horizons of Russian Modernity The Long Revolution of The Iron Heel "Nameless, Formless Things" "Gaseous Vertebrate" Simplification and the New Subject of History 5. A Map of Utopia's "Possible Worlds": Zamyatin's We and Le Guin's The Dispossessed Reclaiming We for Utopia The City and the Country Happiness and Freedom The Play of Possible Worlds We's Legacy: The Dispossessed and the Limits of the Horizon 6. Modernity, Nostalgia, and the Ends of Nations in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four From Utopian Modernism to Naturalist Utopia Orwell and Mannheim: Nineteen Eighty-Four as "Conservative Utopia" The Crisis of Modern Reason Modernization against Modernity: The Culture Industry and "Secondary Orality" "If there was hope...": Orwell's Intellectuals Notes Index


Phillip E. Wegner is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida.


"Wegner demonstrates a wide-ranging yet lighthanded philosophical learnedness, an urgent political conscience, and a deeply historical sense that narrative utopias are like specters that haunt particular moments of upheaval, crisis, and contradiction within modernity: whether the threshold between the vestiges of feudal agrarian society and early modern English capitalism, conflicts between the new oligarchy of industrializing late nineteenth-century United States and the increasing militancy of the labor movement, the uneven successes and failures of the Russian Revolution of 1905, or the mid-century Cold War struggles."-Lisa Lowe, author of immigrant Acts; "Insightful and provocative.... A valuable contribution to our thinking about the politics of imagination."-Daniel Cottom, author of Cannibals and Philosophies
EAN: 9780520228290
ISBN: 0520228294
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2002
Seitenanzahl: 297 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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