Is the utopian project dead? Is it possible to imagine a utopian society or a utopian world in the aftermath of the collapse of ideologies? This book contains eighteen essays which are the result of the 7th International Conference of Utopian Studies held in Spain in 2006, either debating the subject, or suggesting alternative readings to some of the theoretical ideas raised within utopian studies.
This volume focuses on the importance of narratives in utopian literature. They define the world we live in and the world we wish to live in. Through narratives of confession, and indeed through silence itself, the unconscious emerges and desire is articulated. The articles in this volume question and challenge the power of the word, the stability of meaning, and the relationship between thought and action in the construction of utopia and dystopia. They also point to the various literary frameworks of utopian and dystopian narratives, thus connecting stories from the past, present and future of both real and imaginary and communities.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 235 pp.
Contents: Elizabeth Russell: Introduction – Maggie Gee: Utopia and the Living Body: Drought, Flood, Terror and Engineering
in the Garden of Earthly Delights – Dolors Collellmir: The Ecological Paradigm in Jeannette Armstrong’s Novel Whispering
in Shadows – Benjamin Smith: The Secret Garden as Ecoregion: A Green Approach to a Children’s Novel – Maria Odette
Canivell: Waslala: Beyond U-topia – Jennifer E. Michaels: Confronting German Terrorism: F.C. Delius’s Trilogy Deutscher
Herbst (German Autumn) – Celia Wallhead: Two Takes on Terrorism in Kashmir: Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown
and Justine Hardy’s The Wonder House – Renata Koba: The Other Side of History: Alternate World(s) of The Man in
the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Alireza Omid Bakhsh: The Roots of Dystopia in Iran – Ana Raquel Fernandes: London
Fields: Martin Amis’s Postmodern Dystopia – Ana Cláudia Romano Ribeiro: The Meaning of Hermaphroditism in Gabriel de Foigny’s
Utopia The Southern Land Known – Teresa Requena: The Brook Farm Heterotopia: Utopian Socialism and Gender in Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance – Mercè Cuenca: ‘My Heroine Would Be Myself’: The Promise of a Queer Utopia in Carson
McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – Beatriz Domínguez García: The Utopian
Future of Humankind in Three Novels by Sheri S. Tepper: The Power of the Feminine – María Dolores Gimeno Puyol: Viaje al
País de los Ayparchontes: the Limits of a Spanish Utopia in the Eighteenth Century – José Eduardo Reis: The Aporias of
a Portuguese Literary Utopia: Irmânia by Ângelo Jorge – Hande Tekdemir: Utopic Reflections in the Capital of the ‘Other
Empire’: Contemporary British Detective and Travel Fiction in Post-Ottoman Istanbul – Pere Gifra Adroher: Travel Writing on
Andorra: Utopia in the Pyrenees – Pere Gallardo: The Road to Perdition is Paved in Technicolour.