Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

by Fredric Jameson
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ISBN-10:
1844675386
ISBN-13:
9781844675388
Pub. Date:
04/30/2007
Publisher:
Verso Books

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Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson’s most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of otherness … alien life and alien worlds … and a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson’s essential essays, including “The Desire Called Utopia,” conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.

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ISBN-13: 9781844675388
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 04/30/2007
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 618,399
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.33(d)

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