Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

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Verso, 2005 - Philosophy - 431 pages
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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful?

Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age.

The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.
 

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Contents

Varieties of the Utopian
1
The Utopian Enclave
10
Morus The Generic Window
22
Utopian Science versus Utopian Ideology
42
The Great Schism
57
How to Fulfill a Wish
72
The Barrier of Time
85
The Unknowability Thesis
107
Generic Discontinuities in SF Brian Aldiss Starship
254
World Reduction in Le Guin
267
Progress versus Utopia or Can We Imagine the Future?
281
Science Fiction as a Spatial Genre Vonda Mclntyres The Exile Waiting
296
The Space of Science Fiction Narrative in Van Vogt
314
Longevity as Class Struggle
328
Philip K Dick In Memoriam
345
After Armageddon Character Systems in Dr Bloodmoney
349

The Alien Body
119
Utopia and its Antinomies
142
Synthesis Irony Neutralization and the Moment of Truth
170
Journey into Fear
182
The Future as Disruption
211
AS FAR AS THOUGHT CAN REACH
235
Fourier or Ontology and Utopia
237
History and Salvation in Philip K Dick
363
Fear and Loathing in Globalization
384
If I Can Find One Good City I Will Spare the Man Realism and Utopia in Kim Stanley Robinsons Mars Trilogy
393
Acknowledgments
417
Index
419
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Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

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