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Exploring the Utopian Impulse

Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice

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Edited By Michael J. Griffin and Tom Moylan

Exploring the Utopian Impulse presents a series of essays by an international and trans-disciplinary group of contributors that explores the nature and extent of the utopian impulse. Working across a range of historical periods and cultures, the essays investigate key aspects of utopian theory, texts, and socio-political practices. Even as some critique Utopia, others extend its reach beyond the limits of the modern western tradition within which utopianism has usually been understood. The explorations offered herein will take readers over familiar ground in new ways as well as carry them into new territories of hope and engagement.
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Exploring the Utopian Impulse presents a series of essays by an international and trans-disciplinary group of contributors that explores the nature and extent of the utopian impulse. Working across a range of historical periods and cultures, the essays investigate key aspects of utopian theory, texts, and socio-political practices. Even as some critique Utopia, others extend its reach beyond the limits of the modern western tradition within which utopianism has usually been understood. The explorations offered herein will take readers over familiar ground in new ways as well as carry them into new territories of hope and engagement.

“As the second volume in the Ralahine Utopian Studies series, this volume is notable for the quality of the individual essays and for its clear and useful organization (into theory, texts, and polities). The essays will be useful to both established and new scholars for research as well as teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. What particularly impresses me is the set of theoretical interventions with which the volume begins. These opening essays take off from the ground-breaking work of Darko Suvin, Lyman Tower Sargent, and Fredric Jameson and break out into new and challenging directions. The overall effect of this volume is to demonstrate in all its pages how vital utopian thinking has become in our contemporary, fragmented, disintegrating world.”

Professor Toby Widdicombe, Department of English, University of Alaska, Editor, Utopian Studies

“This timely book broadens our view of the central issues in utopian studies today....

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