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Utopian Spaces of Modernism : Literature and Culture, 1885-1945 - Rosalyn Gregory

Utopian Spaces of Modernism

Literature and Culture, 1885-1945

By: Rosalyn Gregory (Editor), Benjamin Kohlmann (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd November 2011
ISBN: 9780230303720
Number Of Pages: 235

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This volume undertakes a reassessment of the role of utopianism in modernist literature. It charts the rich spectrum of literary utopian projects between 1885 and 1945, and reconstructs their cultural work by locating them in the material 'spaces' in which they originated. The book features contributions by leading academics, as well as innovative work by younger scholars. The collection calls into question the condemnation of utopianism “ especially its identification with totalitarian rule “ which became popular in the second half of the twentieth century. Contributions explore the utopian visions of major writers like Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce and place their works in dialogue with neglected figures such as Charles Howard Hinton, the New Age occultists, and Edwardian authors of prophecy fiction.

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'The contributors to Rosalyn Gregory and Benjamin Kohlmann's lively collection [undertake] a broadening and loosening of the utopian... Utopian Spaces of Modernism is so stimulating a volume that one could wish for a sequel' - Patrick Parrinder, Modernism/Modernity

'Roughly half of Utopian Spaces of Modernism examines literary and cultural artifacts of the high modernist period, including some of its finest contributions by David Trotter, Jon Hegglund, and Douglas Mao. Nevertheless, Victorianists will find much to engage them here. These smart, quirky case studies do much to substantiate this volume's claim about the pervasiveness and interest of modernist minor utopianism. Nineteenth-century scholars interested in making the journey to utopia will find very good traveling companions.' - Mark Allison, Victorian Studies

Acknowledgments Notes on Contributors Introduction; B.Kohlmann PART I: AMBIGUOUS UTOPIANISM Socially Empty Space and Dystopian Utopianism in the Late Nineteenth Century; M.Beaumont 'On the Eve of the Fourth Dimension': Utopian Higher Space; M.Blacklock Modernism's Material Futures: Glass, and Several Kinds of Plastic; D.Trotter Minor Utopias and the British Literary Temperament, 1880-1945; J.Winter PART II: LIVING IN UTOPIA Utopian Bloomsbury: The Grounds for Social Dreaming in William Morris's News from Nowhere; M.Ingleby Utopia from the Rooftops: H.G. Wells, Modernism, and the Panorama-City; D.Cook 'The Strange High Singing of Some Aeroplane Overhead': War, Utopia and the Everyday in Virginia Woolf's Fiction; C.Britzolakis 'Hellhole and Paradise': The Heterotopic Spaces of Berlin; A.Thacker PART III: TESTING THE LIMITS OF UTOPIA The Re-Conceptualization of Space in Edwardian Prophecy Fiction: Heterotopia, Utopia, and the Apocalypse; A.Stahler 'No Less Than a Planet': Scale-Bending in Modernist Fiction; J.Hegglund The Unseen Side of Things: Eliot and Stevens; D.Mao PART IV: EPILOGUE Two Towers, Plus One: The Ends of Utopia; I.Sinclair Index

ISBN: 9780230303720
ISBN-10: 0230303722
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 22nd November 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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