Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature

Download or Read eBook Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature PDF written by Tony Burns and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2010-02-19 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature

Book Synopsis Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature by : Tony Burns

Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed is of interest to political theorists partly because of its association with anarchism and partly because it is thought to represent a turning point in the history of utopian/dystopian political thought and literature and of science fiction. Published in 1974, it marked a revival of utopianism after decades of dystopian writing. According to this widely accepted view The Dispossessed represents a new kind of literary utopia, which Tom Moylan calls a 'critical utopia.' The present work challenges this reading of The Dispossessed and its place in the histories of utopian/dystopian literature and science fiction. It explores the difference between traditional literary utopia and novels and suggests that The Dispossessed is not a literary utopia but a novel about utopianism in politics. Le Guin's concerns have more to do with those of the novelists of the 19th century writing in the tradition of European Realism than they do with the science fiction or utopian literature. It also claims that her theory of the novel has an affinity with the ancient Greek tragedy. This implies that there is a conservatism in Le Guin's work as a creative writer, or as a novelist, which fits uneasily with her personal commitment to anarchism.

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  • Publisher – Lexington Books
  • Total Pages – 330
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780739144879
  • ISBN-13 – 0739144871

Political Science Fiction

Download or Read eBook Political Science Fiction PDF written by Donald M. Hassler and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 1997 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Political Science Fiction

Book Synopsis Political Science Fiction by : Donald M. Hassler

As the science fiction writer Frederik Pohl observes in the lead essay, the contributors collectively find science fiction to be either implicitly or explicitly political by its very nature.

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  • Publisher – Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Total Pages – 272
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  • ISBN-10 – 1570031134
  • ISBN-13 – 9781570031137

The Philosophy of Utopia

Download or Read eBook The Philosophy of Utopia PDF written by Barbara Goodwin and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2012-12-06 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Philosophy of Utopia

Book Synopsis The Philosophy of Utopia by : Barbara Goodwin

This collection addresses the important function of utopianism in social and political philosophy and includes debate on what its future role will be in a period dominated by dystopian nightmare scenarios.

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  • Publisher – Routledge
  • Total Pages – 271
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781136337567
  • ISBN-13 – 1136337563

Defined by a Hollow

Download or Read eBook Defined by a Hollow PDF written by Darko Suvin and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2010 with total page 624 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Defined by a Hollow

Book Synopsis Defined by a Hollow by : Darko Suvin

Darko Suvin explores utopian horizons in fiction & utopian/dystopian readings of historical reality since the 1970s, focusing in the United States & United Kingdom, but drawing also on French, German & Russian sources.

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  • Publisher – Peter Lang
  • Total Pages – 624
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  • ISBN-10 – 3039114034
  • ISBN-13 – 9783039114030

Utopia

Download or Read eBook Utopia PDF written by Merlin Coverley and published by Oldcastle Books. This book was released on 2012-04-05 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Utopia

Book Synopsis Utopia by : Merlin Coverley

For more than 2,000 years utopian visionaries have sought to create a blueprint of the ideal society: from Plato to HG Wells, from Cloud cuckoo land to Shangri-La, the utopian impulse has generated a vast body of work, encompassing philosophy and political theory, classical literature and science fiction. And yet these utopian dreams have often turned to nightmare, as utopia gives way to its dark reflection, dystopia. Utopia takes the reader on a journey through these imaginary worlds, charting the progress of utopian ideas from their origins within the classical world, to the rebirth of utopian ideals in the Middle Ages. Later we see the emergence of socialist and feminist ideas; while the twentieth century was to be dominated by expressions of totalitarian oppression. From the novel to the political manifesto, from satire to science fiction, utopias have always reflected the age that gave rise to them, and this guide will explore this historical context, offering both an analysis of the key texts and an account of their political and cultural background. Today, it is claimed that we are witnessing the death of utopia, as increasingly the ideals that give rise to them are undermined or dismissed. These arguments are explored and evaluated here, and contemporary examples of utopian thought used to demonstrate the enduring relevance of the utopian tradition. 'Crams a lot of information into a slim guide...Cleverly written' - Fortean Times 'Although a slim paperback, this book turns out to be quite exhaustive on the chosen topic and, in its brevity, to be quite original in its perspective as well' - Modern Language Review

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  • Publisher – Oldcastle Books
  • Total Pages – 132
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781842438732
  • ISBN-13 – 1842438735