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The individual and utopia : a multidisciplinary study of humanity and perfection

Author: Clint Jones; Cameron Ellis
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2015]
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A volume that moves away from the dominant, macro-level theorising on the subject of identity and its relationship to and with globalising trends, focusing instead on the individual's relationship  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clint Jones; Cameron Ellis
ISBN: 9781472428943 1472428943
OCLC Number: 896126599
Description: xv, 337 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Contents: Introduction, Clint Jones and Cameron Ellis. Part I Contextualizing the Individual and Utopia: The individual's place in paradise: the limits, promise, and role of reason in modern conceptions of utopia, Charles Joshua Horn; Fundamental oppositions: utopia and the individual, Mark Jendrysik; The individual and the city: abstract and concrete, Nathaniel Coleman; 'Between the utopian and the primitive horns of his dilemma': Aldous Huxley's selection of Peter Kropotkin over T.H. Huxley for the savage's 'third alternative' in a revised Brave New World, Clifford T. Manlove; Owenite architecture and urban rationality: notes and reflections on class and utopia, Jose Ramon Alvarez Layna, Andres Maidana Legal and Ivan Velez Cipriano; Mrs Atwood and the utopian tradition: a nineteenth-century alchemist as utopian theorist, Kerry E. Koitzsch. Part II Mind, Body, Soul, and the Utopian Individual: The empathetic turn: the relationship of empathy to the utopian impulse, Nancy L. Nester; Solipsism and utopia: Fredric Brown, Charles Yu, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Frank Cioffi; Foucault, film and the utopian body, Alice Leroy; Etherotopia or a country in the mind: bridging the gap between utopias and nirvanas, Christos Callow Jr.; City of God: on the longing for architectonic perfection, a reminder by Uriel Birnbaum, Kyle Dugdale; Theosis: between personal and universal utopia, Tamara Prosic. Part III Marginalized and Alternative Interpretations of the Individual and Utopia: Eutopias and dis-topias: re-imagining the citizen of ideal societies, Clint Jones and Jen Rinaldi; Abject utopianism: on the silence, apathy, and drifting of psychic life in Samuel R. Delany's Hogg, Cameron Ellis; The new mobile subject: space, agency, and ownership in the techno-utopian age, Judy Ehrentraut; The philosopher's solitude, Marco Lauri; Ubuntu is utopia: the individual and the community in the work of Nelson Mandela, Mark Malisa and Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs; Religion and the mental utopia in literature, Mark S. Ferrara. Index.
Responsibility: edited by Clint Jones, Eastern Kentucky University, USA, Cameron Ellis, Trent University, Canada.


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