The book employs the concepts of utopia, dystopia, and anti-utopia in the analysis of a variety of phenomena such as literature, cinema, rock music, literary/cultural theories, as well as the practice of literature (socialist realism) and ...
Author: Artur Blaim
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
The book employs the concepts of utopia, dystopia, and anti-utopia in the analysis of a variety of phenomena such as literature, cinema, rock music, literary/cultural theories, as well as the practice of literature (socialist realism) and socio-political life.
The quest for utopia—that ideal state where all is ordered in the best interest of
all the people—is as old as civilization. Most utopias have been imaginary
societies existing only in books, but many have been attempted as living
Author: Christine Adams
Publisher: Penn State Press
This volume brings together eight essays (all but one previously unpublished) that offer innovative strategies for studying society and culture in eighteenth-century France. Divided into three sections, the chapters map out current research paths in social, cultural, and political history. The authors engage the most heated subjects of debate in the field today, including the changing nature of political life in the age of Enlightenment, the role of public opinion in undermining absolutism, and the impact of gender on social relationships and political language in the late eighteenth century. They demonstrate a marked interest in the lives of ordinary and humble French people, finding that exclusion from the main corridors of power fostered cunning and resourcefulness, not political indifference or ignorance. The articles encompass the Old Regime and the revolutionary era without falling into the teleological trap of using the former as the backdrop for the events of 1789. On the contrary, many of the authors consciously avoid this bias by investigating the Old Regime in its own right or by consciously linking the pre- and postrevolutionary eras. This decision alone marks an important turning of the tide. By establishing a dialogue between the Old Regime and the revolution, this volume implicitly pays homage to those historians who insist on the structural continuities that underlay the rupture of 1789. Contributors are Cissie Fairchilds, Christine Adams, Orest Ranum, Lisa Jane Graham, Harvey Chisick, John Garrigus, Lenard Berlanstein, and Jack Censer.
The book is a study of the eighteenth-century English robinsonade focusing on the pre-history of the genre, the multi-level semantics of «Robinson Crusoe», its functioning as a genre model, and the subsequent process of its simplification ...
Author: Artur Blaim
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
The book is a study of the eighteenth-century English robinsonade focusing on the pre-history of the genre, the multi-level semantics of Robinson Crusoe, its functioning as a genre model, and the subsequent process of its simplification by the gradual elimination of religious meanings and foregrounding the exciting adventures.
While Shelley too readily transcends the experience towards utopian visions ,
Coleridge , as we saw in Dejection , can overcome it in an authentic way in which
writing becomes the gesture towards the other , a prayer for the preservation and
This book challenges prevalent understandings of elite artistic culture in fin-de-siècle Vienna by examining creative manifestations of utopian imaginings that ran counter and parallel to the cultural pessimism widely diagnosed in that ...
Author: Kevin C. Karnes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
A Kingdom Not of This World uncovers a forgotten utopian discourse - largely inspired by and critically responding to the works of Richard Wagner - that had significant influence upon the visual arts and music of fin-de-siècle Vienna. Author Kevin Karnes considers music, visual artworks, and philosophical writings to reveal a powerful current of millennial optimism running counter and parallel to the cultural pessimism widely associated with the period.
(Revised edition of Problems of the Feminine in Fairy Tales, 1972.) _ Webb ... "
Space, Time and Gender: The Impact of Cybernetics on the Feminist Utopia,"
Foundation ... Visions and Revisions: The Utopian Impulse in Feminist Fictions.
Author: Halbert W. Hall
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This ambitious work provides single-point, unified access to some of the most significant books, articles, and news reports in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Entries are arranged in two sections-author (subarranged by title) and subject-and may have up to 50 subject terms assigned. No other reference tool addresses the secondary literature of this fast-growing and dynamic field with such in-depth subject coverage as this work, nor approaches its breadth of coverage. Aimed at academic libraries, large public libraries, some school and medium-sized public libraries, and individual scholars, this index supplements Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index: 1985-1991 (Libraries Unlimited, 1993) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index: 1878-1984 (Gale Research, 1987).
He critically examines the works of some of the most prominent writers to have written in the genre-including Evgeny Zamiatin, Karel Capek, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Stanislaw Lem, along with English-language authors from H.G. ...
Author: Robert M. Philmus
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Renowned science fiction scholar Robert M. Philmus offers in Visions and Revisions a fresh and provocative literary analysis of science fiction writing. He critically examines the works of some of the most prominent writers to have written in the genre-including Evgeny Zamiatin, Karel Capek, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, and Stanislaw Lem, along with English-language authors from H.G. Wells to Ursula Le Guin-and reveals how their works illustrate the fundamental elements of science fiction writing. The former editor of Science Fiction Studies, Philmus casts his expert eye on a diverse range of short stories and novels by the premier arbiters of the craft, with close readings that draw upon the theories of New Criticism as well as post-Modern. Featuring essays such as "Stanislaw Lem's Futurological Congress as a Metageneric Text," "Kurt Vonnegut: Historiographer of the Absurd: The Sirens of Titan," "Ursula K. Le Guin and Time's Dispossession," and "Time Out of Joint: The World(s) of Philip K. Dic
... type of games Huizinga describes: performative games, or games that achieve
critical play through a significant sense of performance in their attempt to
influence society, or to provide utopian and playful visions and revisions of the
Author: Mary Flanagan
Publisher: MIT Press
For many players, games are entertainment, diversion, relaxation, fantasy. But what if certain games were something more than this, providing not only outlets for entertainment but a means for creative expression, instruments for conceptual thinking, or tools for social change? In Critical Play, artist and game designer Mary Flanagan examines alternative games -- games that challenge the accepted norms embedded within the gaming industry -- and argues that games designed by artists and activists are reshaping everyday game culture. Flanagan provides a lively historical context for critical play through twentieth-century art movements, connecting subversive game design to subversive art: her examples of "playing house" include Dadaist puppet shows and The Sims. She looks at artists' alternative computer-based games and explores games for change, considering the way activist concerns -- including worldwide poverty and AIDS -- can be incorporated into game design. Arguing that this kind of conscious practice -- which now constitutes the avant-garde of the computer game medium -- can inspire new working methods for designers, Flanagan offers a model for designing that will encourage the subversion of popular gaming tropes through new styles of game making, and proposes a theory of alternate game design that focuses on the reworking of contemporary popular game practices.
By the time we began Utopian Visions '97 , the project had undergone further revision . The fundamental aim had not changed , nor the research categories ,
but we had lengthened the interval between reports to three weeks , providing
Author: R. W. Burniske
Publisher: SUNY Press
An exploration of the benefits and problems of using the Internet in education.
lost hieroglyphic language of pre - lapsarian Romantic myth , yet also with future -
oriented utopian socialists such as Fourier . The term ' s semantic fluidity
facilitated its dissemination across a range of discourses . Throughout much of
Author: Nigel Harkness
Publisher: Peter Lang
Selected from papers given at the first annual conference of the Society of Dix-Neuvièmistes, the nineteen essays in this volume contribute diversely towards a revision and a reconceptualisation of nineteenth-century France. Many adopt interdisciplinary methodologies attentive to the interplay between literature, history, art, popular and high culture, politics and science. The wide-ranging discussion of issues such as identity, alterity, commemoration, cultural history, tensions between centre and margins, mimesis and representation, suggest that no simplistic snapshot of this century is possible. Opening with a section on the modernity of the nineteenth century, the volume continues with sections on cultural transfer, war, readings and re-readings, and concludes with two essays on questions of identity. The critical reappraisals put forward here offer us various insights into directions in which nineteenth-century French studies are heading at the turn of another new century.
So it may be argued that the principal flaw in Wells's prophetic vision was his
philosophy of education. ... At a deeper level, I agree reluctantly with David Bleich
that utopian visions such as Wells's express fantasies of omnipotence and ...
Author: Patrick Parrinder
Publisher: Associated University Presse
Category: Literary Collections
Dissatisfied with her relationship with her boyfriend, Constance Wechselburger, a graduate film student, embarks on a disheartening, confusing quest in search of her vision of the ideal intellectual mate.
Since gender is a system of mutu ally reinforcing processes acting at several
levels of social organization , changes at one point in the system will be undercut
and blunted by gender processes at other points in the system . Yet many specific
I finished on time (our daughter was born the day I completed final revisions), I
got a job, and the 1970s were an exciting time to be in the field. I recall one
Modern Language Association panel that was so packed that we worried about
the fire ...
Author: Tom Moylan
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Literary Criticism
This collection addresses the ways in which the contributors approach their study of the objects and practices of utopianism (understood as social anticipations and visions produced through texts and social experiments) and of how, in turn, those objects and practices have shaped their intellectual work and research perspectives.
Visions and Revisions Arthur C. Danto, Mark Tansey Christopher Sweet ... Art
Advisory Service Exhibition , exhibited at American Express , New York : “ Utopian Visions ” Neuberger Museum , State University of New York , Purchase :
“ The ...
4 Roger Parker, Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from
Handel to Berio (Berkeley: University of ... “Revising Revision,” in The Danger of
Music and Other Anti- Utopian Essays (Berkeley: University of California Press,
Author: Jonathan Kregor
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Providing illuminating insights into Liszt's working methods, this book investigates the composer's transcriptions in their musical, cultural, and historical contexts.
... is its ultimate interrogation of technology's supposedly dispassionate vision. as
naïm's dVd commentary explains, the ... the Zoe implants, must be understood as
a point of view shot, and one subject to all manner of postproduction revision.
Author: Daniel Boscaljon
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
At present the battle over who defines our future is being waged most publicly by secular and religious fundamentalists. Hope and the Longing for Utopia offers an alternative position, disclosing a conceptual path toward potential worlds that resist a limited view of human potential and the gift of religion. In addition to outlining the value of embracing unknown potentialities, these twelve interdisciplinary essays explore why it has become crucial that we commit to hoping for values that resist traditional ideological commitments. Contextualized by contemporary writing on utopia, and drawing from a wealth of times and cultures ranging from Calvin's Geneva to early twentieth-century Japanese children's stories to Hollywood cinema, these essays cumulatively disclose the fundamental importance of resisting tantalizing certainties while considering the importance of the unknown and unknowable. Beginning with a set of four essays outlining the importance of hope and utopia as diagnostic concepts, and following with four concrete examples, the collection ends with a set of essays that provide theological speculations on the need to embrace finitude and limitations in a world increasingly enframed by secularizing impulses. Overall, this book discloses how hope and utopia illuminate ways to think past simplified wishes for the future.
T. S. Elliot , quoted in Robert Philmus , Visions and Revisions : ( Re ) constructing
Science - Fiction On January 23 ... 3 He adds that Aalto's house is “ the
expression of a mutually shared utopian vision of a better and more humane
Author: David Terrance Fortin
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
The enduring paradoxes of the home are often brought to light in science-fiction (SF) writing and film. However, while crossovers between architecture and SF have proliferated, the home is often overshadowed by the spectacle of 'otherness'. By examining the home from the estranging perspective of SF, and in particular, the films based on Phillip K. Dick's books, this work offers a unique critical analysis with particular relevance for contemporary architecture.
A long chapter is devoted to planning utopias and to postwar visions of ideal
housing environments that have resulted in ... A revised and expanded version of
Handbook for Community Economic Change (ITG/NA, 1983), based largely on ...
Robert V. Kozinets, “Utopian Enterprise: Articulating the Meanings of Star Trek's
Culture of Consumption,” Journal of ... 2005); Carolyn Sigler, Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll's Alice Books (Lexington: University Press
Author: Henry Jenkins
Publisher: NYU Press
Henry Jenkins at [email protected] (video) Henry Jenkins“s pioneering work in the early 1990s promoted the idea that fans are among the most active, creative, critically engaged, and socially connected consumers of popular culture and that they represent the vanguard of a new relationship with mass media. Though marginal and largely invisible to the general public at the time, today, media producers and advertisers, not to mention researchers and fans, take for granted the idea that the success of a media franchise depends on fan investments and participation. Bringing together the highlights of a decade and a half of groundbreaking research into the cultural life of media consumers, Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers takes readers from Jenkins's progressive early work defending fan culture against those who would marginalize or stigmatize it, through to his more recent work, combating moral panic and defending Goths and gamers in the wake of the Columbine shootings. Starting with an interview on the current state of fan studies, this volume maps the core theoretical and methodological issues in Fan Studies. It goes on to chart the growth of participatory culture on the web, take up blogging as perhaps the most powerful illustration of how consumer participation impacts mainstream media, and debate the public policy implications surrounding participation and intellectual property.