Studies in a Literary Genre
Introduction i A brief biographical sketch of Elliott can be found online at . Also see the collection, “Satire Special Number.” ii For more on the impact of Marcuse’s presence on the San Diego campus, see the wonderful documentary, Herbert’s Hippopotamus, now available online at . iii See Wegner, “Horizons,” as well as the discussion of my essay in Moylan, Scraps 89–95. iv Moylan describes the compositional history of The Female Man in Demand 57. Moylan discusses Russ’s short story in Scraps 9–15. v See Bakhtin, Rabelais. vi See Christopher Norris’s appreciative review, “Robert C. Elliott and the Literary Persona.” vii For further discussion of Thompson’s concept, borrowed from Miguel Abensour, of the “education of desire,” see Levitas, The Concept Ch. 5, and Moylan, Scraps 84–9. viii In what follows, I fully concur with Moylan’s claim that the great bibliogra- pher and founding editor of Utopian Studies, Lyman Tower Sargent, makes “a central contribution in the development of utopian studies as a distinct intellectual project” in his establishment of a set of terminological guide- lines for research in the field. Moylan further notes that Sargent “makes the pathbreaking point—one too often and disastrously ignored—that the term anti-utopia (as distinct from dystopia) ‘should be reserved for that large class of works, both fictional and expository, which are directed against Utopia and utopian thought’.” Scraps 72. Needless to say, Elliott writes before Sargent’s stabilization of the terminology, and hence uses anti-utopia and dystopia inter- changeably, while consistently referring to...
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