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Buck-Morss The Dialectics of Seeing, turns her Benjaminian eye on the often surprising convergence of the Western and Soviet utopian imaginaries, to dazzling effect. Morris – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 6: Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: Memory of the West: Nor is the solipsism and worship of the usual French intellectuals always enlightening. Buck-Morss’s main point is the usual one about capitalism—that it is bad, vulgar, materialistic, deceitful, sexist, racist, destructive, and exploitative, and that it deserved to die.

Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers. Readers more familiar with this story may benefit from the juxtaposition of Soviet and Western innovations and images and be provoked by the author’s thesis.


No keywords specified fix it. Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing.

Utopian Studies 11 2: If Benjamin’s project was, as he put it, “concerned with awakening from the nineteenth century,” Buck-Morss’s current undertaking is a none-too-gentle attempt to shake us out of the nightmare that has been our 20th. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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In Search of a New Utopia. Susan Buck-Morss – One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses.

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The fact drwamworld, by the end of her tenure, it was known as the Russian Academy of Sciences attests to the ideological turbulence of those years and to the dynamism and relevance of her task.

For readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going. Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Some readers, those unfamiliar with the cultural innovations of the early Bolshevik period, will be interested in the portrayal of the doomed utopian visions put forward by architects, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, painters, and other artists who flourished in Soviet Dreammworld in the s.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Hence, she presents the material as one huge footnote neatly labeled “hypertext” taking up the bottom half of thirty-eight pages in very small print.

She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses. Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail? Request removal from index.


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Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 History of Western Philosophy. Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed. On the contrary, “Industrial modernity in both really existing forms, capitalist and socialist, created a hostile environment for human life, precisely the opposite of the dream of modernity” p.

Review of East Meets West: The larger social vision has given way to private dreams of material happiness and to political cynicism. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Power of Mass Utopia in East and West

Journal of Cold War Studies 6. There is much to learn from this beautifully produced, elegant work, which is a combination of art history, philosophical speculation, political analysis, and cultural critique.

Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: Instead, the book retreats into evocative citations of the sacred texts of postmodernism, especially from Walter Benjamin’s work, in an attempt to show that Western illusions about democracy and prosperity are imposed frauds that need to be deconstructed in order to rescue the utopian dreams of modernity.

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