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

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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 otherness - alien life and
alien worlds - and a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula
K. 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.

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  • Gregg Wingo

    A non-apologist review of the science fiction genre through the eyes of America's leading Postmodernist thinker. You will need to bring your knowledge of the Western Canon and contemporary philosophy ...

  • Joe

    Bruising hermeneutic Marxism got no answers just diagrams and arrows. Easy to point out limitations of Jameson's approach, still, for someone thinking about the emergence of science fiction out of 17t...

  • Rebecca

    One of the rare books that really merits the "amazing" mark. The book is difficult to read because the ideas are deeply explored, original and counter-intuitive in many cases. Jameson also draws on a ...

  • Michelle

    Brilliant novel, but very dense and difficult to follow if you're not plugged into the conversation already. Jameson's book speaks to a very specific audience, and if you are not part of that audience...

  • Buell

    Jameson's book is comparable in stature and ambition to Georg Lukacs's _The Historical Novel_, which Jameson himself has dubbed the most significant volume of dialectical literary criticism. Jameson s...

  • Jon

    Examines Utopia as a literary form, as a subset (and perhaps earliest example) of science fiction; how science fiction is reflected in Utopian thinking, and vice versa; and the limitations, impossibil...

  • Sean Estelle

    I'm feeling positive about this book because the last essay was the real reason I bought the book to begin with - analysis of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. This was definitely above my reading ...

  • ?????

    Fredric Jameson annoys the hell out of me....

  • Jesus

    Literary criticism in the form of a collection of essays, this book explores particular aspects of the genre of science fiction:"Religion was perhaps the most ancient organizing concept in the emergen...

  • Tineke Dijkstra

    Finished the sections of this work that I really wanted to read for now, but I am certainly not done with it and will return to this A LOT. What a great contribution to the secondary literature suppor...