This book analyses black Atlantic studies, colonial discourse analysis and postcolonial theory, providing paradigms for understanding imperial literature, Englishness and black transnationalism. Its concerns range from the metropolitan centre of Conrad's Heart of Darkness to fatherhood in Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; from the marketing of South African literature to cosmopolitanism in Achebe; and from utopian discourse in Parry to Jameson's theorisation of empire.
Gender, sexual difference and knowledge in Bacon’s New Atlantis
marshalling of gender in
the New Atlantis and to argue that an understanding of Bacon’s
use and manipulation of the utopian genre helps re-articulate the
gendering of his epistemology. As a consequence of our theoretical approach, there are some key questions to ask about gender
and sexual difference in the New Atlantis. To what extent are
gender and sexual difference presented in normative terms
within the text and how do they relate to contemporary writings
about, and contests over, gender? Do they, for example, contest
Jacobean political norms? Does utopiandiscourse
This chapter reviews major themes covered in the discussion of Anarcho-Judaism as embodied in the figures studied throughout this volume. These include: Jewish collective identity, the mission of Israel, the question of organization (geographical, institutional, legal, and economic), and the place of violence in effecting large-scale change. After this review, proposals re offered as to contemporary relevance of anarcho-Jewish perspectives. This begins with a discussion of distinctions between utopia and ideology on the one hand, and classical utopianism and critical utopianism on the other. I argue that World War I can be interpreted as a critical-utopian discourse. I then put this claim to use in suggesting ways that values and concerns that appear in the articulation of World War I can inform responses to the contemporary crisis of Zionism.
Subjective realism, social disintegration and bodily affection in Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga (2001)
Julián Daniel Gutiérrez- Albilla
signifier and, by extension, to that of patriarchal ideology. Martel
does not explicitly identify herself as a feminist filmmaker and, as
Page reminds us, La ciénaga could express the failure of
Argentine cinema to interact with the political, testifying to the
collapse of collective identities and utopiandiscourses (2009: 191).
Perhaps it is the huge ethical and aesthetic impact that
community via utopiandiscourses of
integrity, loyalty, kinship and symbolic purity. In comparison, those
who considered themselves to be non-sectarian denoted that ‘their’
communities contained multiple forms of impurity, transgression and
deviance. The interviews conducted among the ‘sectarian’ group produced passionate and partial narratives and the most pronounced sense
that the ‘other’ community was abnormal, antagonistic and obdurate.
The share of those who had experienced physical harm at the hands of
the sectarian ‘other’ was similar to that amongst pensioners (40
, eventually ‘bring not Europe only but … in
a Manner the whole World under one Community; or at least to
such a Correspondence, and Intercourse of good Offices and mutual
Succour, as may render it a more humane World than it was ever
known, and carry the Interest of human Kind to a greater Hight
The exit of the ‘secular Gentleman’ at the end of Miscellaneous
Radical exchanges and networks
Reflections, ‘politely’ quitting the scene but hoping to hear more
from his Tory antagonists, hints simultaneously to the reader that
this utopiandiscourse is by no
Dialectic of enlightenment (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020), 94–136). SC is a fascinating case study of this process of ‘becoming’ industrial and the processes of commodification that slowly undermine the more utopiandiscourses originally espoused by the founder.
Garrett Moore, interviewed by author, 8 October 2021.
by way of fiction, onto the territory of geographers. The geographer
David Harvey attempts the inverse of this in Spaces of Hope (2000).
Exemplifying the emerging correspondences between theories of the
metropolis and metropolitan fiction, Harvey’s analysis is embellished
with an appendix which (unwittingly?) uncovers some of the
contradictions between utopiandiscourse and utopian practice
(Harvey, 2000: 257–81). Harvey describes a possible vision of future
social relations constructed from the ashes of our present society (the
concrete realities of material
impacts on life itself, in the extent to which it pre supposes the equality of human beings.
29 Hardt and Negri cite Genet as an exemplary proponent of deterritorialised politics in Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), p. 109.
30 This of course conflicts with Derrida’s spectral notion of messianism developed in works such as Spectres of Marx : The State of the Debt , the Work of Mourning and the New International , trans. P. Kamuf (London: Routledge, 1994).
31 There is much in common here with Fredric Jameson’s notion of utopian
. However, I also want to emphasise that Shklar's scepticism in her mature work is inextricably bound up with her putting cruelty first among the vices. We can see this, for a start, when she considers utopianism. Other non-moralists also raise sceptical doubts about utopianism, including what Rawls refers to as his ‘realistic utopia’ (Rawls 1999 , pp. 6–7). For example, of utopiandiscourses about liberty, Williams says ‘they, and the comparisons they invite with the actual, do not do much for the specific construction of liberty as a value for us’ (Williams 2005 , p