Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity / Edition 1

Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity / Edition 1

by Phillip E. Wegner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520228294

ISBN-13: 9780520228290

Pub. Date: 06/04/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"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…  See more details below

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"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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520228290
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/04/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Reality of Imaginary Communities
1Genre and the Spatial Histories of Modernity1
The Institutional Being of Genre4
Space and Modernity10
Estrangement and the Temporality of Utopia17
2Utopia and the Birth of Nations27
Reauthoring, or the Origins of Institutions27
Utopiques and Conceptualized Space34
Crime and History40
Utopia and the Nation-Thing45
Utopia and the Work of Nations59
3Writing the New American (Re)Public: Remembering and Forgetting in Looking Backward62
Remembering62
The Contemporary Cul-de-Sac65
Fragmentation68
Consumerism and Class74
"The Associations of Our Active Lifetime"81
Forgetting87
4The Occluded Future: Red Star and The Iron Heel as "Critical Utopias"99
Red Star and the Horizons of Russian Modernity102
The Long Revolution of The Iron Heel116
"Nameless, Formless Things"119
"Gaseous Vertebrate"126
Simplification and the New Subject of History132
5A Map of Utopia's "Possible Worlds": Zamyatin's We and Le Guin's The Dispossessed147
Reclaiming We for Utopia147
The City and the Country151
Happiness and Freedom158
The Play of Possible Worlds161
We's Legacy: The Dispossessed and the Limits of the Horizon172
6Modernity, Nostalgia, and the Ends of Nations in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four183
From Utopian Modernism to Naturalist Utopia185
Orwell and Mannheim: Nineteen Eighty-Four as "Conservative Utopia"192
The Crisis of Modern Reason197
Modernization against Modernity: The Culture Industry and "Secondary Orality"208
"If there was hope ...": Orwell's Intellectuals216
Notes229
Index287

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