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  1.  8
    Utopian Literature and Science: From the Scientific Revolution to "Brave New World" and Beyond by Patrick Parrinder.Musab Bajaber - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):370-374.
    Utopian Literature and Science by Patrick Parrinder is an elaborate addition to the discussion about the connection between science and utopianism. It traces the complex relationship between the two from Bacon's New Atlantis to twentieth-century utopian science fiction. The book argues that in classical utopias, science is either unnecessary or precarious and, thus, usually censored and controlled. In modern utopias, however, the connection between the two is complex. While science is essential to the formation of any modern utopia, its presence (...)
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  2. Tlön: Journey to a Utopian Civilisation by Aristidis G. Romanos.Antonis Balasopoulos - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):354-361.
    That utopia as a literary genre has suffered death, attenuation, transmutation, or dystopic inversion not too long ago, and at any rate by the last quarter of the twentieth century, is a widespread and well-established view among most of the critical thinkers in utopian studies. In his most recent foray on the subject, Fredric Jameson begins his "An American Utopia" by observing that "we have seen a marked diminution in the production of new utopias over the last decades," particularly after (...)
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    The Palgrave Handbook of Society, Culture, and Outer Space Ed. By Peter Dickens and James S. Ormrod.M. Butler Andrew - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):348-353.
    "Outer space" is a curious dialectical zone—on the one hand, it consists of a number of elements defined as being distinct from the Earth; on the other hand, it has a repeated, daily impact on the Earth. The apparent emptiness of much of outer space—the space of space—suggests a literalization of the ou-topia, the no place, an inky black blank in which technology would be required for human survival. But that void can be converted into a tool—especially in the location (...)
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    Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland and the Tradition of the Scientific Utopia.G. Christensen Andrew - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):286-304.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent and effective figure for social change in her prime, yet, despite her prodigious literary output, she had little direct influence on the generations immediately following her. Even before her death, all of her works were out of print. She has been the subject of increasingly widespread attention since her rediscovery, yet, although she was a stalwart advocate for women's rights, many of Gilman's views make hers a problematic revival. That Gilman has a place in (...)
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    Queer Afrofuturism: Utopia, Sexuality, and Desire in Samuel Delany's "Aye, and Gomorrah".D. Colmon Clayton - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):327-346.
    "Us-and-Them fiction" of any sort has never particularly interested me. … Identity is basically a synonym for category, and while categories make language possible, they make problems in life—especially when your try to assign subjects to them. People almost never fit, or never fit for long.In a 2015 interview with Cecilia D'Anastasio, Samuel Delany shares his motivations for writing science fiction from his position as a queer black man. Despite his trepidation about the limiting "categories" within "us-and-them-fiction," and the dangers (...)
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    Gray Sabbath: Jesus People USA, Evangelical Left, and the Evolution of Christian Rock by Shawn David Young.Cox Brady Kal - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):366-370.
    Historian Candy Gunther Brown has noted that since the mid-twentieth century, "evangelicalism has reemerged as the normative form of non-Catholic American Christianity, supplanting what is usually referred to as mainline Protestantism."1 However, in the 1970s few people predicted that this would occur. In Gray Sabbath, Shawn David Young describes a lesser-known countercultural side of evangelicalism. Young explains, "This book explores a post–Jesus Movement 'Jesus People' commune that does not conform to our common understanding of evangelical Christianity or popular Christian music". (...)
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  7. We Are as Gods by Kate Daloz.Robert S. Cox - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):363-366.
    Reading Kate Daloz's We Are as Gods at the dawn of the new age of Trump is just begging for an out-of-body experience. This may not be inappropriate. At a moment when a nihilistic form of antipolitics is consuming the nation, transmogrifying the world and its people into raw ore for extraction, and deriding any conception of public good or even common good, Daloz's stunning new history is a powerful reminder of the alternatives Americans once lived and the creative ways (...)
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    Im Bann der Utopie. Ernst Blochs Hoffnungsphilosophie in der DDR-Literatur by Verena Kirchner.Sonja Fritzsche - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):374-379.
    Unlike the man, Ernst Bloch's philosophy of hope continued to influence select East German cultural intellectuals significantly long after his departure in 1961. Bloch himself left for West Germany following the construction of the Berlin Wall. After the end of World War II, he had returned from his New York exile by invitation in 1948 to accept the chair of philosophy at the University of Leipzig. While in exile, this friend of Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno had written (...)
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    Text, Image, and the Problem with Perfection in Nineteenth-Century France: Utopia and Its Afterlife by Daniel Sipe.Barbara Giraud - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):362-363.
    This book investigates the turning point that occurred in the middle of nineteenth-century France when utopia shifted from its literary ambitions to a social-scientific concept aimed at laying the grounds for a better, fairer society. By using passions as the central focus, the author's aim is to circumscribe what he calls the utopian "afterlife" that characterizes fin de siècle France and evolved as dystopia later on in the twentieth century. Indeed, the scope of the book runs through a corpus representing (...)
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    Samuel R. Delany, Lou Reed, and Utopia's Queer End.Jason Haslam - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):247-267.
    This article is driven by death. Thematically, death serves as a figure in the central creative works I discuss: Samuel R. Delany's sword-and-sorcery novella The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals, one of the first novels to deal directly with the AIDS pandemic,1 and Lou Reed's songs, especially the proto-punk "Heroin" and the queer soul song "Coney Island Baby." Meanwhile, the argument's methodology also concerns death. As many theorists and critics have discussed,2 the field of queer studies has seen, for at (...)
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    Anne Hampton Brewster's St. Martin's Summer and Utopian Literary Discourses.Etta M. Madden - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):305-326.
    When in 1866 American publisher Ticknor and Fields released St. Martin's Summer, Anne Hampton Brewster's second full-length novel, she was already the author of more than fifty short stories, poems, and essays that had appeared in such prominent venues as Godey's Lady's Book, Graham's American Monthly Magazine, Neal's Saturday Gazette, Lippincott's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and Peterson's.1 Nonetheless, Brewster and this imaginative transformation of her first European Grand Tour in 1857–58, including interactions with utopian visionary and politician Robert Dale Owen, (...)
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    The 1917 Russian Revolution and Eastern Orthodox Christian Utopianism.Tamara Prosic - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):268-285.
    In January 1917 on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the 1905 massacre that sparked the first Russian revolution, Lenin gave a speech at a meeting of young workers in the Zurich People's House. In that speech he claimed that the 1905 events were a prologue to a wider European revolution that, he believed, would inevitably happen given the horrors and suffering caused by World War I.1 Lenin's words were to a degree prophetic because, only a month and a half later, (...)
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    Practical Utopias: America as Techno-Fix Nation.Howard P. Segal - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (2):231-246.
    At first glance, "practical utopias" might appear to be a contradiction in terms. If, to be sure, most utopian proponents would love to see their schemes realized, painfully few offer the practical skills and detailed blueprints to come close to that goal or to obtain a sufficient following to achieve long-term successes, whether sustainable utopian communities or substantial political and economic transformations or even lasting takeaways from temporary world's fairs. Yet "practical utopias" can legitimately be applied to the "techno-fixes" discussed (...)
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    Narrative Utopias? Utopia as Narrative? Notes on Millennium as a Narrative Structure.Michael J. Brisbois - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):130-147.
    This article explores the extent to which millenarianism can be understood as a narrative structure and even a potential "master plot" akin to quest and stranger motifs. The idea of a radical, utopian response to sociocultural crisis is a recurrent theme in literature, most apparent in science fiction and fantasy but also present in "literary" fiction, poetry, and drama. There have been previous attempts to describe millenarianism as a narrative, but such attempts have been in the direction of sociologists or (...)
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    Andrei Platonov's Technical Novel: Revolution, Technology, and the Cost of Electrified Utopia.Chung Bora - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):148-167.
    Technical Novel by Andrei Platonovich Platonov shows the process of organizing and constructing a technological utopia. Technological utopianism, according to Howard P. Segal, is defined as "the use of hardware and of knowledge to create and preserve an intendedly perfect society."1 Segal emphasizes that the extent to which technology shapes a society's values, institutions, techniques, and way of life is what distinguishes a technological society from previous societies. In Technical Novel, the main characters strive toward building an ideal society by (...)
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    Radiance From Halcyon: A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science by Paul Eli Ivey.Hart Amy - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):188-191.
    Radiance from Halcyon: A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science by Paul Eli Ivey is the first full-length treatment of this Californian branch of Theosophy, known as the Temple. Ivey chronicles the history of the Temple from the group's origins in Syracuse through its establishment of an intentional community in Arroyo Grande, California, known as Halcyon. Ivey offers a depiction of the Theosophical movement that at times seems quite modern, highlighting the group's desire to harmonize spirituality, science, and health within (...)
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    Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature by Teresa Shewry.Mark Stephen Jendrysik - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):191-194.
    It might seem strange to connect the word hope with the world's oceans. No honest person can deny that the oceans face multiple crises: overfishing, dying coral reefs, acidification, industrial and agricultural pollution, vast rafts of garbage. The oceans bear witness to humanity's worst tendencies. It is therefore a bold effort that seeks to find hope in this litany of despair.In Hope at Sea Teresa Shewry seeks signs of hope in various literary works from around the Pacific region. This book (...)
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    Utopies Et Catastrophe, Revers Et Renaissances de l'Utopie [Utopias and Catastrophe. Reversals and Revivals ] Ed. By Jean-Paul Engélibert and Raphaëlle Guidée.Lise Leibacher−Ouvrard - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):195-198.
    This first-rate collection of essays in French stems from several international colloquia organized by a joint research program on utopia and catastrophe at the universities of Bordeaux-Montaigne and Poitiers between 2011 and 2013. Globally, as the title of Jean-Paul Engélibert and Raphaelle Guidée's excellent introduction makes immediately clear, the volume questions and refutes the depreciation of utopia expressed frequently in the last decades: the contemporary propensity to point, if not to the death of utopia, to the flourishing of dystopias since (...)
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    New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State by Karen M. Johnson-Weiner.Richard M. Marshall - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):198-202.
    Quilts with "a black-and-white checked" pattern "for the NASCAR market" are stitched together by an Amish woman whose family uses an outdoor privy because church rules stipulate "no indoor plumbing"; an Amish man delivers cans of his milk to an Amish-owned neighborhood collection tank cooled by electricity because state laws require the refrigeration of milk. These are just a few of the images Karen Johnson-Weiner presents of the New York State Amish and their continuing effort to maintain a life disconnected (...)
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    The Individual and Utopia: A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection Ed. By Clint Jones and Cameron Ellis.Bill Metcalf - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):203-204.
    Scholarly books of edited readings are usually, like the curate's egg, "excellent in parts," and that backhanded compliment applies here. This truly international book, edited by an American and a Canadian, has eighteen chapters, with eleven of the authors from the United States, three from Canada, two from Spain and the United Kingdom, and one from Australia, Argentina, France, and Italy—a mixture of academics, doctoral students, and public intellectuals. The chapters are divided into three sections: "Contextualising the Individual and Utopia"; (...)
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    West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977 Ed. By Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner.Miller Timothy - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):205-208.
    Work on the counterculture of the 1960s era usually doesn't do a lot with the art that accompanied and enriched the cultural upheaval of the time. The counterculture was spectacularly visual, what with the flamboyant clothing and exultation of the body that were everywhere, and yes, there were some notable artists such as the whimsical Peter Max, but the great creativity that was so much the engine and product of the counterculture has rarely received its due. At the same time, (...)
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    Utopian Moments: Reading Utopian Texts Ed. By Miguel A. Ramiro Avilés and J. C. Davis.Andrew Paravantes - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):209-213.
    Utopian Moments is an edited volume of essays with an exceptionally wide reach, covering 250 years of the utopian canon, from More's archetype to Le Guin's The Dispossessed. The editors, Miguel A. Ramiro Avilés and J. C. Davis, clearly favor the classics, or what Lyman Tower Sargent, in his contribution, calls "exemplars of the mainstream of utopian writing". All the usual suspects are here—Campanella, Bacon, Harrington, Fourier, Owen, Bellamy, Wells, and others—plus a few "wild cards" thrown in to keep things (...)
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    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.John R. Pfeiffer - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):214-220.
    We are such stuff / As dreams are made on.Only an American could have seen in a single lifetime the growth of the whole tragedy of civilization from the primitive forest clearing. An Englishman grows up to think that the ugliness of Manchester and the slums of Liverpool have existed since the beginning of the world.LUCA [Last Universal Common Ancestor], the researchers say, was the common point of origin for three great domains of life—bacteria, archaea, which are bacteria-like single-cell prokaryotes, (...)
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    Defying Revolution in Venezuela: Biography as Utopic Discourse in Federico Vegas's Falke.Julio Quintero - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):168-185.
    The five years that separate the election of Hugo Chávez as president of Venezuela in 1999 and the publication of Federico Vegas's Falke in 2004 were filled with change, political polarization, and outbursts of violence. In December 1999, a new constitution was approved along with a plan to replace the traditional bicameral system with an all-elected National Assembly. Thanks to a Chavista majority, the assembly approved the ley habilitante two years later. Its reforms included the expropriation of unused lands, the (...)
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    Ökonomische Utopien Und Ihre Bilder in Science-Fiction-Filmen [Economical Utopias and Their Images in Science Fiction Films] by Heike Endter.Schmeink Lars - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):221-224.
    At the heart of Heike Endter's 2009 dissertation, published in 2011 as Ökonomische Utopien und ihre Bilder in Science-Fiction-Filmen, lies the assumption that art history, as a field and with its unique methodology, can provide an insight into film studies that has not yet been discovered and made accessible. Interestingly, Endter seeks to argue this unique insight as a benefit of art history, a discipline threatened by neoliberal ideals of employability, by analyzing a field of interconnected terms that directly address (...)
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    Utopian Science Fiction From Quebec, From National Allegories to Cultural Accommodation: Joël Champetier's RESET—Le Voile de Lumière.Nicholas Serruys - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):72-129.
    The notion of utopia in Quebec culture has been a formal and thematic constant since the origins of its literature and indeed French Canadian history. From the discovery and cartography of the so-called New World, as documented in the early colonial travel writings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to twenty-first-century science fiction, both reactionary and revolutionary texts have pervaded the ideological landscape of Quebec, markedly inspired by political and religious struggles.1 The texts that constitute this diverse science-fictional body of (...)
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    The Bethel Colony: Intersections of Culture and Built Form in a Bible Communist Utopia.Janet R. White - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):1-44.
    In fall 1844, a party of colonists led by William Keil arrived at what was to become their new home, a gentle slope rising from the bank of the North River in Shelby County, Missouri, about forty-five miles west of Hannibal. One year later the utopian Bethel Colony had been laid out, houses were being added as fast as they could be built, and construction of a steam-powered gristmill was under way.The Bethel colonists were Bible Communists who found the inspiration (...)
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    Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind by J.-H. Rosny Aîné.Williams Rhys - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):225-230.
    The Belgian author J.-H. Rosny aîné is a relative unknown. A contemporary of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, he wrote a number of science fiction stories, as well as naturalistic ones, all in French. Despite being something of a celebrity in his day, he has received scant attention from the anglophone world—a smattering of translations and a couple of Ph.D. dissertations that "tend to dismiss Rosny's 'scientific' novels and disparage SF". With this new volume, Chatelain and Slusser aim to (...)
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    The Poetry of Estrangement or Utopia Suviniana.Zorica Đergović-Joksimović - 2017 - Utopian Studies 28 (1):45-71.
    For decades, Darko Suvin has enjoyed a worldwide reputation as a distinguished science fiction and utopian scholar, best known for his seminal work Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre, equally important for both SF and utopian studies. Suvin's introduction of the Russian formalist/Brechtian–inspired concept of estrangement proved to be revolutionary in both academic fields of research. His definition of utopia is now one of the recognized stepping-stones in the study of utopia.1However, it is (...)
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