History and Utopian Disillusion

This representation of the dialectical totality of history is immanently channeled into a utopian impulse , since the ... At the same time , he articulates the spirit of American radicalism by bringing up utopian disillusion , which ...

Author: Jun Young Lee

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820486426

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Canonical but controversial works of radical modernism, John Dos Passos' novels continue to intrigue readers and challenge literary critics with their unique styles and provocative messages. This book offers an insightful and refreshing perspective on his fictional world, exploring the historical vision and utopian aspirations of his early novels in light of their dialectical politics in narrating modern American society. History and Utopian Disillusion convincingly shows that Dos Passos' epic-scale project is a radical hymn of faith dialectically inspiring the utopian resolution of American history by presenting entropic despair and disillusionment.

Between Utopia and Disillusionment

Such an analysis would involve showing further that it is impossible to understand history without utopia , for neither historical consciousness nor action can be meaningful unless utopia is envisaged both at the beginning and at the ...

Author: Henri Vogt

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1571818952

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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Scholarly interpretations of the collapse of communism and developments thereafter have tended to be primarily concerned with people's need to rid themselves of the communist system, of their past. The expectations, dreams, and hopes that ordinary Eastern Europeans had when they took to the streets in 1989, and have had ever since, have therefore been overlooked - and our understanding of the changes in post-communist Europe has remained incomplete. Focusing primarily on five key areas, such as the heritage of 1989 revolutions, ambivalence, disillusionment, individualism, and collective identities, this book explores the expectations and goals that ordinary Eastern Europeans had during the 1989 revolutions and the decade thereafter, and also the problems and disappointments they encountered in the course of the transformation. The analysis is based on extensive interviews with university students and young intellectuals in the Czech Republic, Eastern Germany and Estonia in the 1990s, which in themselves have considerable value as historical documents.

Form and Meaning in Avant Garde Collage and Montage

14 Jun Young Lee, History and Utopian Disillusion: The Dialectical Politics in the Novels of John Dos Passos (New York: Lang, 2008), 135–36. 15 Dos Passos, Major Nonfictional, 247. 16 Ibid., 174. 17 Pizer, “John Dos Passos in the 1920s ...

Author: Magda Dragu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000026221

Category: Art

Page: 226

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This book uses intermedial theories to study collage and montage, tracing the transformation of visual collage into photomontage in the early avant-garde period. Magda Dragu distinguishes between the concepts of collage and montage, as defined across several media (fine arts, literature, music, film, photography), based on the type of artistic meaning they generate, rather than the mechanical procedures involved. The book applies theories of intermediality to collage and montage, which is crucial for understanding collage as a form of cultural production. Throughout, the author considers the political implications, as collages and montages were often used for propagandistic purposes. This book combines research methods used in several areas of inquiry: art history, literary criticism, analytical philosophy, musicology, and aesthetics.

Catalan Culture

Michaël Löwy, 'Religion, Utopia and Counter-Modernity: The Allegory of the Angel of History in Walter Benjamin', ... Jun Young Lee, History and Utopian Disillusion: The Dialectical Politics in the Novels of John Dos Passos (New York: ...


Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786832023

Category: History

Page: 223

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This volume presents studies of some of the key artistic manifestations in Catalonia in recent times, a period of innovation and experimentation, and addresses issues concerning literature, film, theatre and performance art. From the creation of a new popular theatre in the work of the Valencian playwright Rodolf Sirera, or the conception of landscape, myth and memory in the late work of the novelist Mercè Rodoreda and the urgency of memory and remembrance in the writings of Jordi Coca, the effects of censorship in Catalonia appear to have proved a spur and a challenge to writers. Desiring to occupy illegal spaces, performance groups have manifested both literally and metaphorically the international dimension of Catalan culture in the modern period, posed in the present volume by the instances of La Cubana and Els Joglars, and further evidenced in the cross-fertilization in the work of contemporary Catalan playwrights and filmmakers to foreground issues of national plurality and tensions arising between the periphery (Catalonia) and the centre (Spain and Castile).

Dissertation Abstracts International

History and utopian disillusion : The dialectical politics of John Dos Passos ' novels in the era of high capitalism . ... In other words , his novels are designed to present the historical portrayal of American capitalism as a whole by ...



ISBN: UOM:39015062053932

Category: Dissertations, Academic


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Ingeborg Bachmann s Utopia and Disillusionment

Author: Leena Eilittä


ISBN: STANFORD:36105131963139

Category: Utopias in literature

Page: 182

View: 174


In this study Leena Eilittä analyses Bachmann's work via two key concepts - 'utopia' and 'disillusionment' - which allow her to locate Bachmann's thinking in the post war critical discourse in Germany. Already in her early works Bachmann turns to the idea of utopianism as a possibility to cope with the problems of past heritage and with those of contemporary society. It is this utopian perscpective that allows her to address the position of a woman in critical terms and to make reflections about a more equal society in the major body of her writings. -- Publisher.

Religion und Politik

He opted for forms of utopia that held together individual renewal as well as social renewal and which contained elements of both historical and trans-historical thinking. The kingdom of God was the traditional Christian utopia which ...

Author: Christian Danz

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643500120

Category: Political theology

Page: 218

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only to be broken, that every utopian illusion (Russian, Nazi, British, American, technological, ... Nowadays, what Daniel Halévy has called “the acceleration of history” allows illusion to become disillusion within a very short period.

Author: George Kateb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351300384

Category: Political Science

Page: 104

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Amid the twentieth century's seemingly overwhelming problems, some thinkers dared to envisage a world order governed by utopian proposals that would eliminate--or at least alleviate--the evils of society and secure positive advantages for all human beings. Others found this utopian optimism a hopeless fantasy and predicted a utopian order only repressiveness, boredom, and the impoverishment of human experience. The unique gathering of articles in Utopia vividly demonstrates the tension existing between utopian ideas and their proponents and the severe criticism of their adversaries. Among utopia's enthusiastic supporters, B. F. Skinner outlines the educational practices needed to sustain his concept of utopia, while Margaret Mead sets forth a bold defense of utopian vision in her article "Towards More Vivid Utopias." In active opposition to modern utopian idealism, Ralf Dahrendorf, the prominent German sociologist and politician, compares utopia with a cemetery and criticizes its fixed and uneventful life, and J. L. Talmon predicts that, since utopianism postulates absolute social cohesion, there is no escape from dictatorship in the utopian design. Still another alternative is offered by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who bases his futurist ideology on the trends of technology in the advanced countries of the world, especially the United States. He sees in the conscious application of technical-scientific rationality by an intellectual elite the method by which the promises of modern knowledge can be made good. Underscoring the fact that the utopian tradition can make us look at the real world with new eyes, George Kateb, the editor of Utopia, clarifies the terms of this long-standing debate and offers a thorough analysis of the "strong utopian impetus to save the world from as much of its confusion and disorder as possible." The work is an argument neither for utopian or anti-utopian visions. Rather it shows the possibilities of political norms in advancing the human condition in open societies.

More Utopia

The history of utopian literature is massively treated by Frank E. and Fritzie P. Manuel , Utopian Thought in the Western World ... Fox's own reading purports to trace in Utopia More's pro- gressive disillusionment with Utopia .

Author: Saint Thomas More

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521525403

Category: History

Page: 184

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A fully revised edition of one of the most successful volumes in the entire series of Cambridge Texts.

Converging Alternatives

nor belittles its social and political attitudes at various junctures in its history. Furthermore, I admit to a “weakness” for Utopian idealists even when, in their zealotry and the monodimensional nature of their worldview, ...

Author: Yosef Gorny

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9780791482209

Category: Social Science

Page: 326

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The first comparative study of two major Jewish labor movements.