Imagining Alternatives Utopias-Dystopias-Heterotopias - Introduction

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Title: Imagining Alternatives Utopias-Dystopias-Heterotopias - Introduction
Authors: Pye, Gillian
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Date: 1-Oct-2014
Online since: 2019-04-18T09:50:49Z
Abstract: Despite frequent proclamations of an end to utopian thought and practice, fuelled inter alia by the brutal and ongoing realities of technological warfare, by economic and ecological crisis, and by pronouncements such as the “end of history”, there seems nevertheless to be general agreement that something of a “utopian revival in popular and political spheres” has occurred since the turn of the millennium. According to Robert J. Tally, while the older sort of “‘blueprint’ utopias” that imagine idealized states with an existence based on spatial or temporal displacement and distance are no longer suited to a globalized world system, “the critical project of utopia as a form of opposition to the apparently intractable state of affairs is all the more vital”. In fact, Tally argues that “utopia has not only made a comeback in the postmodern age of globalization, persisting long after the epoch to which it would seem most suited, but has become a powerful discursive mode and object of enquiry in literature, critical theory, cultural studies and social thought over the past few decades.”
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Hartung-Gorre
Journal: Germanistik in Irland
Volume: 9
Start page: 5
End page: 11
Keywords: Utopian thought and practicePostmodern age of globalizationUtopian possibilitiesDystopiasHeterotopias
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISBN: 978-3-86628-510-1
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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