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Imaginary communities : utopia, the nation, and the spatial histories of modernity

Author: Phillip E Wegner
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2002.
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Drawing from literary history, social theory, and political critique, this study explores the utopian narrative as a medium for understanding the social space of the modern nation-state. It considers  Read more...

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Wegner, Phillip E., 1964-
Imaginary communities.
Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2002
(OCoLC)49551390
Named Person: George Orwell; Thomas More, Sir saint
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip E Wegner
ISBN: 9780520926769 0520926765 0585466092 9780585466095 1597346683 9781597346689 9780520228283 0520228286 9780520228290 0520228294
OCLC Number: 52861331
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 297 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: The Reality of Imaginary Communities --
Genre and the Spatial Histories of Modernity --
The Institutional Being of Genre --
Space and Modernity --
Estrangement and the Temporality of Utopia --
Utopia and the Birth of Nations --
Reauthoring, or the Origins of Institutions --
Utopiques and Conceptualized Space --
Crime and History --
Utopia and the Nation-Thing --
Utopia and the Work of Nations --
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 --
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 --
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 --
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.
Responsibility: Phillip E. Wegner.
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