Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions
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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Fredric Jameson is someone who is oft-cited in science fiction criticism, and as someone who is interested in the genre as a vehicle for imagining future utopias, I felt his work would be relevant to ... Read full review
Varieties of the Utopian
The Utopian Enclave
Morus The Generic Window
Utopian Science versus Utopian Ideology
The Great Schism
How to Fulfill a Wish
The Barrier of Time
The Unknowability Thesis
Generic Discontinuities in SF Brian Aldiss Starship
World Reduction in Le Guin
Progress versus Utopia or Can We Imagine the Future?
Science Fiction as a Spatial Genre Vonda Mclntyres The Exile Waiting
The Space of Science Fiction Narrative in Van Vogt
Longevity as Class Struggle
Philip K Dick In Memoriam
After Armageddon Character Systems in Dr Bloodmoney
The Alien Body
Utopia and its Antinomies
Synthesis Irony Neutralization and the Moment of Truth
Journey into Fear
The Future as Disruption
AS FAR AS THOUGHT CAN REACH
Fourier or Ontology and Utopia