ISBN-10:
0520228294
ISBN-13:
9780520228290
Pub. Date:
06/04/2002
Publisher:
University of California Press
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 Wegner

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ISBN-13: 9780520228290
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/04/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 323
Sales rank: 790,078
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

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Reality of Imaginary Communities
1. Genre and the Spatial Histories of Modernity
The Institutional Being of Genre
Space and Modernity
Estrangement and the Temporality of Utopia
2. Utopia and the Birth of Nations
Re-authoring, or the Origins of
Institutions
Utopiques and Conceptualized Space
Crime and History
Utopia and the Nation-Thing
Utopia and the Work of Nations
3. Writing the New American (Re)Public: Remembering and Forgetting in Looking Backward
Remembering
The Contemporary Cul-de-Sac
Fragmentation
Consumerism and Class
"The Associations of Our Active Lifetime"
Forgetting
4. The Occluded Future: Red Star and The Iron Heel as "Critical Utopias"
Red Star and the Horizons of Russian Modernity
The Long Revolution of The Iron Heel
"Nameless, Formless Things"
"Gaseous Vertebrate"
Simplification and the New Subject of History
5. A Map of Utopia’s "Possible Worlds": Zamyatin’s We and Le Guin’s The Dispossessed
Reclaiming We for Utopia
The City and the Country
Happiness and Freedom
The Play of Possible Worlds
We’s Legacy: The Dispossessed and the Limits of the Horizon
6. Modernity, Nostalgia, and the Ends of Nations in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four
From Utopian Modernism to Naturalist Utopia
Orwell and Mannheim: Nineteen Eighty-Four as "Conservative Utopia"
The Crisis of Modern Reason
Modernization against Modernity: The Culture
Industry and "Secondary Orality"
"If there was hope. . .": Orwell’s
Intellectuals
Notes

Index

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