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Transgressive Utopianism

Essays in Honor of Lucy Sargisson


Edited By Raffaella Baccolini and Lyman Tower Sargent

In 2014, when Lucy Sargisson was promoted to professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham, she became the first and, so far, only, professor of utopian studies. This choice symbolized the centrality of utopianism to her life, thought, and educational practice. In three books, each in their own way groundbreaking, a fourth book co-authored by one of us, and in important articles, her work falls into four primary areas: political theory, feminism, environmentalism, and intentional communities, with much of her work intersecting two, three, or even all four. And in all her work, she brings the lens of utopianism to bear on the subject and, in doing so, illuminates both utopianism and the subject at hand. The volume honors Sargisson’s contributions to the field of utopian studies, with contributions by Ibtisam Ahmed, Raffaella Baccolini, David M. Bell, Suryamayi Clarence-Smith, Chris Coates, Elena Colombo, Davina Cooper, Rhiannon Firth, Ruth Levitas, Sarah Lohmann, Almudena Machado-Jiménez, Dunja M. Mohr, Tom Moylan, Robyn Muir, José Reis, Lyman Tower Sargent, Lucy Sargisson, Simon Spiegel, Maria Varsam, and Laura Winter.

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Raffaella Baccolini is Professor of British and American Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. She has published several articles on women’s writing, dystopia and science fiction, trauma and memory, modernism, and Young Adult literature. She has edited several volumes, among which are Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination (with Tom Moylan, Routledge, 2003) and Utopia, Method, Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming (also with Tom Moylan, Peter Lang, 2007). She was the coordinator of the European project G-BOOK – Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections. She is currently working on kindness, solidarity, and feminist education as utopian, political acts.

Lyman Tower Sargent is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and he has been a Visiting Professor or fellowship holder at universities in England and New Zealand and a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). He was the founding Editor of Utopian Studies (1990–2004) and has published numerous books and articles, mostly in utopian studies. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of both the Society for Utopian Studies and the Communal Studies Association. The Society for Utopian Studies has named this award the Lyman Tower Sargent Distinguished Scholar Award.

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