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Hope isn't stupid : utopian affects in contemporary American literature

Author: Sean Austin Grattan
Publisher: Iowa City : University Of Iowa Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: New American canon.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hope Isn't Stupid is the first study to interrogate the neglected connections between affect and the practice of utopia in contemporary American literature. Although these concepts are rarely theorized together, it is difficult to fully articulate utopia without understanding how affects circulate within utopian texts. Moving away from science fiction -- the genre in which utopian visions are often located --  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Austin Grattan
ISBN: 9781609385224 1609385225
OCLC Number: 1000384804
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 190 pages).
Contents: A Grenade with the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias --
Monstrous Utopia in Toni Morrison's Paradise --
Whither Revolution? Thomas Pynchon and Collective Possibility --
Solitude, Affect, and Utopia in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist --
Musical Fandom and the Limits of Utopian Possibility --
Afterword.
Series Title: New American canon.
Other Titles: Utopian affects in contemporary American literature
Responsibility: Sean Austin Grattan.

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"Hope Isn't Stupid is the first study to interrogate the neglected connections between affect and the practice of utopia in contemporary American literature. Although these concepts are rarely theorized together, it is difficult to fully articulate utopia without understanding how affects circulate within utopian texts. Moving away from science fiction -- the genre in which utopian visions are often located -- author Sean Grattan resuscitates the importance of utopianism in recent American literary history. Doing so enables him to assert the pivotal role contemporary American literature has to play in allowing us to envision alternatives to global neoliberal capitalism. Novelists William S. Burroughs, Dennis Cooper, John Darnielle, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, and Colson Whitehead are deeply invested in the creation of utopian possibilities. A return to reading the utopian wager in literature from the postmodern to the contemporary period reinvigorates critical forms that imagine reading as an act of communication, friendship, solace, and succor. These forms also model richer modes of belonging than the diluted and impoverished ones on display in the neoliberal present. Simultaneously, by linking utopian studies and affect studies, Grattan's work resists the tendency for affect studies to codify around the negative, instead reorienting the field around the messy, rich, vibrant, and ambivalent affective possibilities of the world. Hope Isn't Stupid insists on the centrality of utopia not only in American literature, but in American life as well"--

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