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Not Yet : Reconsidering Ernst Bloch - Jamie Owen Daniel

Not Yet

Reconsidering Ernst Bloch

By: Jamie Owen Daniel (Editor), Tom Moylan (Editor)

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Published: 17th July 1997
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Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) is now recognised as a philosopher and cultural critic of the greatest importance, his subtle and profound developments of utopian Marxism as influential for the student New Left of the 1960s and 1970s as they were for the leftist movements of the twenties. Today, in the United States and Britain, his enormous body of work is attracting a new generation of readers: more translations are appearing, and his utopian thought is finding a new resonance in many different contexts. Several of the authors here address the centrality of a radically unconventional concept of utopia to Bloch's thought; others write on the question of memory and pedagogical theory. There is a Blochian reading of crime fiction, illuminating overviews of Bloch's work and an exploration of the stylistics of hope in Bloch's Spuren, as well as a translation of excerpts from that extraordinary book. The essays gathered here are intended, above all, to recommend Bloch's work as a challenge to older models of historical materialism and utopian emancipation, and to give specific examples of how that work can contribute to current debates about utopia, nationalism and collective memory, the liberatory content of popular cultural forms, and the complex relationship between ideology and everyday life. Together they provide a timely introduction to one of the most untimely and inspiring thinkers of the twentieth century. Contributors: Klaus Berghahn, Tim Dayton, Vincent Geoghagan, Henry Giroux, David Kaufmann, Mary Layoun, Ruth Levitas, Peter McLaren, Tom Moylan, Darko Suvin and Jack Zipes.

"This is a book I have been waiting for for years ... Bloch speaks to the dilemmas of our time and is a thinker we very much need." - Angelika Bammer, Associate Professor, The Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University "Not Yet brings together Bloch scholars of the first rank and provides a coherent picture of a multi-faceted writer." - Lyman Tower Sargent, Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri-St Louis "This pioneering book is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of utopia and memory at a time when the very notion of history is under siege." - Richard Kearney, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin and Boston College

Preface: Why Not Yet, Now?
Traces of Hope: The Non-synchronicity of Ernst Blochp. 1
Remembering the Futurep. 15
Thanks for the Memory: Bloch, Benjamin, and the Philosophy of Historyp. 33
Reclaiming the "Terrain of Fantasy": Speculations on Ernst Bloch, Memory, and the Resurgence of Nationalismp. 53
Educated Hope: Ernst Bloch on Abstract and Concrete Utopiap. 65
Ernst Bloch, Utopia, and Ideology Critiquep. 80
Bloch against Bloch: The Theological Reception of Das Prinzip Hoffnung and the Liberation of the Utopian Functionp. 96
Locus, Horizon, and Orientation: The Concept of Possible Worlds as a Key to Utopian Studiesp. 122
Paulo Freire, Postmodernism, and the Utopian Imagination: A Blochian Readingp. 138
Utopian Projections: In Memory of Ernst Blochp. 165
Utopia and Reality in the Philosophy of Ernst Blochp. 175
The Mystery of Pre-history: Ernst Bloch and Crime Fictionp. 186
A View through the Red Window: Ernst Bloch's Spurenp. 202
From Spuren by Ernst Blochp. 215
A Small Reflection on a Dream Thrice Removed of Hope from a Refugee Campp. 224
Bibliographyp. 233
Notes on Contributorsp. 245
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ISBN: 9780860916833
ISBN-10: 0860916839
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 17th July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.19 x 15.52  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1