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    Robert Owen's Experiment at New Lanark: From Paternalism to Socialism by Ophélie Siméon.Mark Allison - 2019 - Utopian Studies 29 (3):418-420.
    In a striking formulation, Ophélie Siméon describes her study as “an intellectual biography through a sense of place”. The subject of the intellectual biography is Robert Owen, the enlightened manufacturer turned universal reformer—and the father of British socialism. The place is the New Lanark Mills, the idyllic Clydeside factory village Owen superintended from 1800 to 1825. Owen’s spectacular entrepreneurial and humanitarian successes as a paternalistic manager served as the springboard for his subsequent career as a radical activist and socialist pioneer. (...)
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    Negative Theology and Utopian Thought in Contemporary American Poetry: Determined Negations by Jason Lagapa.Scarlett Higgins - 2019 - Utopian Studies 29 (3):434-438.
    Jason Lagapa’s Negative Theology and Utopian Thought in Contemporary American Poetry tackles a question that has been a difficult one to address for critics attempting to discuss contemporary experimental poetry in the line of “ Language writing.” This is a tradition that claims to be politically engaged but which nevertheless does not tend explicitly to exhort its readers to take concrete political actions. How can we thus judge this poetry’s political efficacy when there are no clear or obvious political actions (...)
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    Political Utopias: Contemporary Debates Ed. By Michael Weber, Kevin Vallier.Mark Stephen Jendrysik - 2019 - Utopian Studies 29 (3):429-433.
    The question of the true nature of justice, whether as a conventional product of human action and human limitations or as a universal ideal, is one that has inspired philosophical debate since Plato. In this volume a number of scholars wrestle with this question. They ask whether justice should be utopian, focused solely on the ideal, or whether just must be realist, taking into account the constraints of contemporary human existence. As the editors note in their introduction, it should come (...)
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    Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre by Darko Suvin, And: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalypse: Classics—New Tendencies—Model Interpretations Ed. By Eckart Voigts, Alessandra Boller.Andrew Milner - 2019 - Utopian Studies 29 (3):421-429.
    Darko Suvin’s Metamorphoses of Science Fiction, first published by Yale University Press in 1979, has been the single most influential work in the history of academic science-fiction studies. As Veronica Hollinger observed: “Metamorphoses is the significant forerunner of all the major examinations of the genre”. Mark Bould and Sherryl Vint make more or less the same point: “Disagreeing with him [Suvin] is a considerable part of SF scholarship—he... set... the terms by which SF has subsequently been studied”. Perhaps not quite (...)
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