Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Drawing from literary history, social theory, and political critique, this far-reaching study explores the utopian narrative as a medium for understanding the social space of the modern nation-state. Considering the narrative utopia from its earliest manifestation in Thomas More's sixteenth-century work Utopia to some of the most influential utopias of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book is an astute study of a literary genre as well as a nuanced dialectical meditation on the history of utopian thinking as a quintessential history of modernity.As he unravels the dialectics at work in the utopian narrative, Wegner gives an ambitious synthetic discussion of theories of modernity, considering and evaluating the ideas of writers such as Ernst Bloch, Louis Marin, Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Henri Lefebvre, Paul de Man, Karl Mannheim, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jürgen Habermas, Slavoj Zizek, and Homi Bhabha.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Phillip E. Wegner is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Reality of Imaginary Communities1. Genre and the Spatial Histories of ModernityThe Institutional Being of GenreSpace and ModernityEstrangement and the Temporality of Utopia2. Utopia and the Birth of NationsRe-authoring, or the Origins of
InstitutionsUtopiques and Conceptualized SpaceCrime and HistoryUtopia and the Nation-ThingUtopia and the Work of Nations3. Writing the New American (Re)Public: Remembering and Forgetting in Looking BackwardRememberingThe Contemporary Cul-de-SacFragmentationConsumerism and Class"The Associations of Our Active Lifetime"Forgetting4. The Occluded Future: Red Star and The Iron Heel as "Critical Utopias"Red Star and the Horizons of Russian ModernityThe Long Revolution of The Iron Heel"Nameless, Formless Things""Gaseous Vertebrate"Simplification and the New Subject of History5. A Map of Utopia’s "Possible Worlds": Zamyatin’s We and Le Guin’s The DispossessedReclaiming We for UtopiaThe City and the CountryHappiness and FreedomThe Play of Possible WorldsWe’s Legacy: The Dispossessed and the Limits of the Horizon6. Modernity, Nostalgia, and the Ends of Nations in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-FourFrom Utopian Modernism to Naturalist UtopiaOrwell and Mannheim: Nineteen Eighty-Four as "Conservative Utopia"The Crisis of Modern ReasonModernization against Modernity: The Culture
Industry and "Secondary Orality""If there was hope. . .": Orwell’s