Utopianism And Radicalism In A Reforming America: 1888-1918

Hardcover | August 1, 1997

byFrancis Robert Shor

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Utopianism and radicalism achieve greater prominence when economic and social crises render the dominant moral and political universe open to question. The essays in this book examine how utopianism and radicalism informed the literary expressions, political discourse, communal experiments, and cultural projects in the U.S. from 1888 to 1918. In particular, these essays track how socialism, anarchism, syndicalism, feminism, and black nationalism contested the ideological terrain during a period when reform ideas and movements were beginning to reshape that terrain. The degree to which utopianism and radicalism were involved in that reformulation, either in its expanse or its constraint, is of prime interest throughout the book. Teachers and students interested in utopian studies, American studies, and the cultural/intellectual history of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era will find this book highly useful.

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Utopianism and radicalism achieve greater prominence when economic and social crises render the dominant moral and political universe open to question. The essays in this book examine how utopianism and radicalism informed the literary expressions, political discourse, communal experiments, and cultural projects in the U.S. from 1888 t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.57 × 6.47 × 0.88 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313303797

ISBN - 13:9780313303791

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?Shor's examination of the dialogues between these utopian/radical alternatives and the dominant hegemonies make at least four contributions to our knowledge of utopianism and radicalism, 1888-1918: his (re)discovery of neglected texts and movements; his emphasis on the variety of forms of utopianism and radicalism; his awareness of the importance of the historical contexts that shaped the dialogue; and his convincing argument that hegemony is not a static monolith....All the chapters, including the first, offer interesting examples of how utopianism and radicalism have shaped the boundaries of American hegemonies. This contribution plus the four general contributions mentioned previously make Utopianism and Radicalism a significant addition to our knowledge of American utopianism, which...extends far beyond books and speeches by well-known authors and political leaders.?-Utopian Studies