The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed

The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed

by Laurence Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 073910862X

ISBN-13: 9780739108628

Pub. Date: 11/22/2005

Publisher: Lexington Books

Although Le Guin's masterpiece has never been out of print since its first publication in 1974, so far few critics have commented on its radical political ramifications. In an attempt to address what has been called a striking description of the seductions and snares of anarchist society, the contributors of these 16 articles analyze various aspects of its politics,

Overview

Although Le Guin's masterpiece has never been out of print since its first publication in 1974, so far few critics have commented on its radical political ramifications. In an attempt to address what has been called a striking description of the seductions and snares of anarchist society, the contributors of these 16 articles analyze various aspects of its politics, including the open-ended utopian, post-consumerist, classic anarchist, temporal, and revolutionary, with individual essays' topics including the need for walls, self- reflexivity, ambiguity, pluralism and community, ecological political theory, Marcuse and the fate of utopia in the postmodern, and questions of individual and community. Le Guin provides an ansible response postmarked from Tau Ceti, and the editors provide a fine, if necessarily short list of further readings. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739108628
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
11/22/2005
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Open-ended Utopian Politics Chapter 3 The Dynamic and Revolutionary Utopia of Ursula K. Le Guin Chapter 4 Worlds Apart: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Possibility of Method Part 5 Post-Consumerist Politics Chapter 6 The Dispossessed as Ecological Political Theory Chapter 7 Ursula K. Le Guin, Herbert Marcuse, and the Fate of Utopia in the Postmodern Chapter 8 The Alien Comes Home: Getting Past the Twin Planets of Possession and Austerity in Le Guin's The Dispossessed Part 9 Anarchist Politics Chapter 10 Individual and Community in Le Guin's The Dispossessed Chapter 11 The Need for Walls: Privacy, Community, and Freedom in The Dispossessed Chapter 12 Breaching Invisible Walls: Individual Anarchy in The Dispossessed Part 13 Temporal Politics Chapter 14 Time and the Measure of the Political Animal Chapter 15 Fulfillment as a Function of Time, or the Ambiguous Process of Utopia Chapter 16 Science and Politics in The Dispossessed: Le Guin and the "Science Wars" Part 17 Revolutionary Politics Chapter 18 The Gap in the Wall: Partnership, Physics, and Politics in The Dispossessed Chapter 19 From Ambiguity to Self-Reflexivity: Revolutionizing Fantasy Space Chapter 20 Future Conditional or Future Perfect? The Dispossessed and Permanent Revolution Part 21 Open-ended Utopian Politics Chapter 22 Ambiguous Choices: Skepticism as a Grounding for Utopia Chapter 23 Empty Hands: Communication, Pluralism and Community in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed Part 24 A Response, by Ansible, from Tau Ceti Part 25 Further Reading

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