Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming by Tom MoylanUtopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming by Tom Moylan

Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming

EditorTom Moylan, Raffaella Baccolini

Paperback | July 16, 2007

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Informed by feminist, Marxist, ethnographic, and post-structuralist frameworks, Utopia Method Vision makes a unique contribution to international debates in cultural, literary, sociological, and political studies of utopian theory, texts, and practices.
The collection addresses the ways in which the contributors approach their study of the objects and practices of utopianism (understood as social anticipations and visions produced through texts and social experiments) and of how, in turn, those objects and practices have shaped their intellectual work in general and their research perspectives in particular. In so doing, the contributors develop a larger, self-critical look at the limits and potential of the entire paradigm by which utopianism is known, studied, critiqued, created, and received.
The Editors: Tom Moylan (Glucksman Professor and Director of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick) has published Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination; Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia; and is co-editor of Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystop...
Title:Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social DreamingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:July 16, 2007Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303910912X

ISBN - 13:9783039109128


Table of Contents

Contents: Tom Moylan/Raffaella Baccolini: Introduction: Utopia as Method – Lucy Sargisson: The Curious Relationship Between Politics and Utopia – Ruth Levitas: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society: Utopia as Method – Vincent Geoghegan: Political Theory, Utopia, Post-Secularism – Gregory Claeys: Rethinking Modern British Utopianism: Community and the Mastery of Desire – Phillip E. Wegner: Here or Nowhere: Utopia, Modernity, and Totality – Kenneth M. Roemer: More Aliens Transforming Utopia: The Futures of Reader Response and Utopian Studies – Raffaella Baccolini: Finding Utopia in Dystopia: Feminism, Memory, Nostalgia, and Hope – Tom Moylan: Realizing Better Futures, Strong Thought for Hard Times – Naomi Jacobs: Utopia and the Beloved Community – Peter Fitting: Beyond This Horizon: Utopian Visions and Utopian Practice – Hoda M. Zaki: New Spaces for Utopian Politics: Theorizing About Identity, Community, and the World Conference Against Racism – Lyman Tower Sargent: Choosing Utopia: Utopianism as an Essential Element in Political Thought and Action – Raffaella Baccolini/Tom Moylan: Conclusion: Utopia as Vision.

Editorial Reviews

«Utopian projects seek, to use Seamus Heaney’s words, the rhyming of hope and history; but in existing societies, where hopes are abridged, baffled, or denied, the words merely alliterate. The orientation of hope is towards future plenitude, a prophetic imagining of alternative selves and societies. The contributors to this volume also see that time future is contained in time past and that coming events cast their shadows before them. This work is splendidly interdisciplinary, international in focus, theoretically accomplished, and analytically discerning. The essays bespeak a productive transgression of discourses, genres, and registers, as their authors reflect not only on utopia as method but also on the genesis of their intellectual practice.» (Professor Tadhg Foley, Department of English & Chair of the Board, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway) «To read ‘Utopia Method Vision’ is to plunge into an exhilarating conversation, one in which the study and search for utopia is revealed as both personally and politically transformative. Writing from multiple disciplines and methodologies, the contributors share a common passion for a better world: a re-imagined political and social future. These rich and accessible essays address topics from Renaissance utopias to experimental poetry, from intentional communities to anti-globalization activism. Their theoretical sophistication will offer a new generation of scholars a foundation and inspiration for future work.» (Dr. Carrie Hintz, English Department, Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and President of the Society for Utopian Studies)