The Modern Utopian

Portraits of several 70s communes and experimental groups and the trend of intentional communities of today

The Modern Utopian

Author: Richard Fairfield

Publisher: Feral House

ISBN: 1934170151

Page: 323

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The definitive exploration of the alternative communities that redefined progressive culture in the 1970s. Fairfield spent the better part of a decade visiting and reporting on communes of all types to create an intimate and fascinating view into communal living. This expansively illustrated compilation visits the notorious Drop City, John Sinclair's Translove Energies in Detroit, Stephen Gaskin's farm and dozens of other alternative communities across the US.

Modern Utopian Fictions from H G Wells to Iris Murdoch

Inevitably much of importance--of literary importance--is simply disregarded, and so our understanding of modern utopia is correspondingly diminished. This book aims to put the fiction back into utopian fictions.

Modern Utopian Fictions from H G  Wells to Iris Murdoch

Author: Peter Edgerly Firchow

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813215730

Page: 203

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"This book aims to put the fiction back into utopian fictions. While tracing the development of fiction in the writing of modern utopias, especially in Britain, it seeks to demonstrate in specific ways how those utopias have become increasingly literary--possibly as a reaction not only against the "social scientification" of modern utopias but also in reaction against the modern attempt to institute "utopia" in reality, notably in the former Soviet Union but also in consumerist, late-twentieth-century America. After an introductory discussion of how we understand--and how we should understand--modern utopian fictions, the book provides several examples of the ways in which those understandings affect our appreciation of utopian fiction."--Jacket.

Becoming Utopian

Fitting, P. (1979), “The Modern Anglo-American SF Novel: Utopian Longing and
Capitalist Co-optation,” Science-Fiction Studies 6: 59–76. Fitting, P. (1987), “
Positioning and Closure: On the 'Reading Effect' of Contemporary Utopian Fiction
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Becoming Utopian

Author: Tom Moylan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350133353

Page: 312

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A dream of a better world is a powerful human force that inspires activists, artists, and citizens alike. In this book Tom Moylan – one of the pioneering scholars of contemporary utopian studies – explores the utopian process in its individual and collective trajectory from dream to realization. Drawing on theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway and Alain Badiou and science fiction writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville, Becoming Utopian develops its argument for sociopolitical action through studies that range from liberation theology, ecological activism, and radical pedagogy to the radical movements of 1968. Throughout, Moylan speaks to the urgent need to confront and transform the global environmental, economic, political and cultural crises of our time.

Three Early Modern Utopias

This edition reprints Ralph Robinson's 1556 translation from More's original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompanied early editions of Utopia. Utopia was only one of many early modern treatments of other worlds.

Three Early Modern Utopias

Author: Thomas More

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606057

Page: 320

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Thomas More: Utopia/ Francis Bacon: New Atlantis/Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines With the publication of Utopia (1516), Thomas More introduced into the English language not only a new word, but a new way of thinking about the gulf between what ought to be and what is. His Utopia is at once a scathing analysis of the shortcomings of his own society, a realistic suggestion for an alternative mode of social organization, and a satire on unrealistic idealism. Enormously influential, it remains a challenging as well as a playful text. This edition reprints Ralph Robinson's 1556 translation from More's original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompanied early editions of Utopia. Utopia was only one of many early modern treatments of other worlds. This edition also includes two other, hitherto less accessible, utopian narratives. New Atlantis (1627) offers a fictional illustration of Francis Bacon's visionary ideal of the role that science should play in the modern society. Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (1668), a precursor of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, engages with some of the sexual, racial, and colonialist anxieties of the end of the early modern period. Together these texts illustrate the diversity of the early modern utopian imagination, as well as the different purposes to which it could be put. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Contemporary Utopian Struggles

Conclusion In the introduction to this chapter it was argued that the utopian
literary genre is today under severe attack . Modern political thinkers like Jean -
François Lyotard and Francis Fukuyama tend to think that utopias are of little ...

Contemporary Utopian Struggles

Author: Saskia Poldervaart

Publisher: Aksant Academic Pub

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"This book contains a selected number of papers presented at the Sixth International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) Conference that was held in Amsterdam from 7 to 9 July 1998, under the title of 'Utopian Communities and Sustainability' ... Papers not selected ... are available for inspection at the IISG (International Institute for Social History), which has also published 'A working guide to sources on historical utopian experiments in the Western World at the Internationaal Instituut voor SocialeGeschiedenis' (see also ww.iisg.nl/commun)"--Acknowledgments.

Utopian Ideals in the Modern World

Prepared for undergraduate unit SRA215 (Utopian ideals in the modern world) offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology's School of Architecture and Building in Deakin University's Flexible Learning Program.

Utopian Ideals in the Modern World

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Prepared for undergraduate unit SRA215 (Utopian ideals in the modern world) offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology's School of Architecture and Building in Deakin University's Flexible Learning Program.

Utopian Literature and Science

The modern literary utopia is therefore a branch of prophetic fiction or futuristic
fantasy, merging in the later twentieth century with science fiction.15 In Hansot's
terms: 'The basic assumption used to distinguish modern from classical utopian ...

Utopian Literature and Science

Author: Patrick Parrinder

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137456787

Page: 222

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Scientific progress is usually seen as a precondition of modern utopias, but science and utopia are frequently at odds. Ranging from Galileo's observations with the telescope to current ideas of the post-human and the human-animal boundary, this study brings a fresh perspective to the paradoxes of utopian thinking since Plato.

Founding Fictions

A cultural history of utopian writing in early modern England, Founding Fictions traces the development of the genre from the publication of Thomas More's Utopia (1516) through Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (1688).

Founding Fictions

Author: Amy Boesky

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820318325

Page: 233

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A cultural history of utopian writing in early modern England, Founding Fictions traces the development of the genre from the publication of Thomas More's Utopia (1516) through Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (1688). Amy Boesky sees utopian literature rising alongside new social institutions that helped shape the modern English nation. While utopian fiction explicitly advocates a reorganization of human activity, which appears liberal or progressive, utopias represent reform in self-critical or qualitative ways. Early modern utopias, Boesky demonstrates, are less blueprints for reform than they are challenges to the very possibility of improvement. After an initial discussion of More's Utopia, Boesky devotes subsequent chapters to Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, the Civil War Utopias of Gabriel Plattes, Samuel Gott, and Gerrard Winstanley, Margaret Cavendish's Blazing-world, and Henry Neville's Isle of Pines. Relating the English public school to More's Utopia, and early modern laboratories to Bacon's New Atlantis, Boesky shows how utopists explored the formation of cultural identity through new institutional models. Utopias of the 1640s and 1650s are read against new emphasis on work as the panacea for social ills; Cavendish's Blazing-world is seen as reproducing and reassessing restoration centers of authority in the court and theater; and finally, Neville's Isle of Pines and Behn's Oroonoko are read as interrogating the authorities of the English colony. Despite widely divergent backgrounds, says Boesky, these utopists shared a sense that national identity was shaped less by individuals than by institutions, which they praise for producing trained and trainable citizens instilled with the values of the modern state: obedience, discipline, and order. While the utopia tells its story partly to justify the goals of colonialism and to enforce differences in class, gender, and race, it also tells a concurrent and less stable story that criticizes these ventures and exposes their limitations.

Title Varies

Since 1972 , Modern Utopian combined with their Alternatives Journal ( not to be
confused with the Alternatives Newsmagazine or the Alternatives Newsletter )
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A Modern Utopia

"This is not flight into fancy no voyage into whimsy. It is a sober attempt to imagine what kind of society men would create if they really used their heads and worked at it. The result is one of the most plausible utopias ever written.

A Modern Utopia

Author: Herbert George Wells

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803252134

Page: 392

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"Well's uncanny ability to highlight the problems which are now most acute and supply tentative solutions that allow a maximum of individual freedom merits serious consideration. Recommended reading for students and teachers dealing with government, science, and the contemporary dilemma of a world facing war, famine, and racial unrest."--Choice A Modern Utopia is one of the first important blueprints for the modern welfare state and an early major statement of Wells's idea of the World State, an idea that is perhaps his greatest contribution to the intellectual history of this century. In this "quintessential utopia," as Lewis Mumford calls it, Wells "sums up and clarifies the utopias of the past, and brings them into contact with the world of the present." The Bison Books edition, with an introduction by Mark R. Hillegas, associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University, brings back into print a work that has stimulated three generations of thinkers. "This is not flight into fancy no voyage into whimsy. It is a sober attempt to imagine what kind of society men would create if they really used their heads and worked at it. The result is one of the most plausible utopias ever written."--Chad Walsh, From Utopia to Nightmare "It is a beautiful Utopia beautifully seen and beautifully thought: and it has in it some of that flavor of airy unrestraint one finds in News from Nowhere."--Van Wyck Brooks, The World of H.G. Wells

The Utopian Moment in Contemporary American Poetry

This second edition includes all of the material from the first -- in-depth analyses of the work of such poets as George Oppen, John Ashbery, Robert Duncan, and William Bronk -- as well as a new Preface, and a lengthy chapter on the younger ...

The Utopian Moment in Contemporary American Poetry

Author: Norman Finkelstein

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838752470

Page: 178

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This second edition includes all of the material from the first -- in-depth analyses of the work of such poets as George Oppen, John Ashbery, Robert Duncan, and William Bronk -- as well as a new Preface, and a lengthy chapter on the younger language poets.

Utopia U S A

In issue # 1 I explained why I had picked the name Modern Utopian for the
magazine : WHY " UTOPIAN " ? Utopia in common speech is often thought of as
impractical , unrealistic thinking . It is usually associated with ideas of the perfect
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Utopia U S A

Author: Richard Fairfield

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Perfect Worlds

"Perfect Worlds offers an extensive historical analysis of utopian narratives in the Chinese and Euro-American traditions.

Perfect Worlds

Author: Douwe Wessel Fokkema

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089643508

Page: 448

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"Perfect Worlds offers an extensive historical analysis of utopian narratives in the Chinese and Euro-American traditions. This comparative study discusses, among other things, More's criticism of Plato, the European orientalist search for utopia in China, Wells's Modern Utopia and his talk with Stalin, Chinese writers constructing their Confucianist utopia, traces of Daoism in Mao Zedong's utopianism and politics and finally the rise of dystopian writing - a negative expression of the utopian impulse - in Europe and America as well as in China"--P. 4 of cover.

The Modern Schoolman

Before drawing this hasty conclusion , however , let us examine the nature and
scope of contemporary utopian thought . Then we can be clear as to what in fact
we are rejecting when we lock utopianism in the laboratory or banish it
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Modern Utopia and Dystopia in the Novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The novel highlights some deep problems of humanity around the beginning of the 21st century using a combination of utopia and dystopia.

Modern Utopia and Dystopia in the Novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Author: Eniko Jakus

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640912330

Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, printed single-sided, grade: sehr gut, Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegytem, language: English, abstract: In this paper - as the title says - I would like to write about utopian and dystopian elements in the modern, contemporary world using a novel from this decade, titled Never Let Me Go (1995) by Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel highlights some deep problems of humanity around the beginning of the 21st century using a combination of utopia and dystopia. On the following pages I present these elements and I also try to interpret them: what problems of modern society they reveal and what solutions they might offer."