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Imaginary Communities

Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity
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ISBN-13:
9780520926769
Seiten:
323
Autor:
Phillip Wegner
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Drawing from literary history, social theory, and political critique, this far-reaching study explores the utopian narrative as a medium for understanding the social space of the modern nation-state. Considering the narrative utopia from its earliest manifestation in Thomas More's sixteenth-century work
Utopia to some of the most influential utopias of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book is an astute study of a literary genre as well as a nuanced dialectical meditation on the history of utopian thinking as a quintessential history of modernity.



As he unravels the dialectics at work in the utopian narrative, Wegner gives an ambitious synthetic discussion of theories of modernity, considering and evaluating the ideas of writers such as Ernst Bloch, Louis Marin, Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Henri Lefebvre, Paul de Man, Karl Mannheim, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jürgen Habermas, Slavoj Zizek, and Homi Bhabha.
Drawing from literary history, social theory, and political critique, this far-reaching study explores the utopian narrative as a medium for understanding the social space of the modern nation-state. Considering the narrative utopia from its earliest manifestation in Thomas More's sixteenth-century work Utopia to some of the most influential utopias of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book is an astute study of a literary genre as well as a nuanced dialectical meditation on the history of utopian thinking as a quintessential history of modernity.



As he unravels the dialectics at work in the utopian narrative, Wegner gives an ambitious synthetic discussion of theories of modernity, considering and evaluating the ideas of writers such as Ernst Bloch, Louis Marin, Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Henri Lefebvre, Paul de Man, Karl Mannheim, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jürgen Habermas, Slavoj Zizek, and Homi Bhabha.
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