Envisioning American Utopias: Fictions of Science and Politics in Literature and Visual Culture (New edition)

Envisioning American Utopias: Fictions of Science and Politics in Literature and Visual Culture (New edition)

By: Philipp Kneis (editor), Reinhard Isensee (editor), Antje Dallmann (editor)Paperback

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The volume discusses utopian representations of American society, and reflections of American political thought and vision in literature, film, and television. The articles address topics of ecology, urbanism, politics, society, and heroism. Specifically, the volume addresses texts by Paul Auster, Ernest Callenbach, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bernard-Henri Levy, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, Sam Shepard, Alexis de Toqueville, James Welch, and Nathanael West, and television series like 24, and the Star Trek and Stargate franchises, as well as video games. Contributors include Sandra Beyer, Rasmus Damkjaer Christensen, Antje Dallmann, Allison Davis-White Eyes, Martin Dalgaard Gron, Reinhard Isensee, Berenike Jung, Philipp Kneis, Daniela Simon, Katarzyna Sobieraj, Renate Ulbrich, and Thomas Wagenknecht.

About Author

Antje Dallmann has received her MA from Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin in American and British Studies, French and Culture Studies. In her dissertation, she discusses how the trope of paranoia is used to different ends in contemporary urban fiction. Presently she works on a project on the intersection of nineteenth-century literary and medical discourses. Reinhard Isensee graduated in English, American and German Studies. Afterwards he pursued a postgraduate degree in American Studies at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. His dissertation dealt with the topic of naturalist literature in the US, his habilitation in 2002 with American adolescent literature of the twentieth century. He has held numerous research and teaching positions as visiting professor in the USA and at European universities. Philipp Kneis has studied American Studies and History at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. He has been the organizer of numerous transatlantic student-based conferences and symposia. His main research interests are American film and television, American politics, European studies, Native American Studies, Aging, and Memetics. He has recently published The Emancipation of the Soul: Memes of Destiny in American Visual Culture (Lang, 2010).


Contents: Philipp Kneis: Introduction: Utopia and America - Rasmus Damkjaer Christensen/Martin Dalgaard Gron: Ecotopian Perspectives: Environmental Realities in American Politics and Literature - Renate Ulbrich: "California Dreamin'": Utopian and Dystopian Images of Space - Antje Dallmann: From Behind Bow Windows: The Metropolis and Mental Life in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction - Philipp Kneis: Finding Atlantis Instead of Utopia: From Plato to Starfleet and Stargate Command - Philipp Kneis: Barbarians at the Gate: (Ig)Noble Savages and Manifest Destiny at the Final Frontier - Katarzyna Sobieraj: The Post 9/11 Dystopia? The Representation of the World in 24 - Sandra Beyer: A Utopia for Conservatives and Real Men: Sexual Politics and Gendered Relations in Star Trek - Thomas Wagenknecht: Two "Eurotopian" Projections of America at the Disjuncture between Chimera and Understanding - Allison Davis-White Eyes: Beyond Canada: James Welch and American Indian Notions of Utopia - Berenike Jung: Trauma Reenactment and Stalling in Batman Begins and Superman Returns - Daniela Simon: New America: - Reinhard Isensee: Epilogue.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783631575130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9783631575130
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 3631575130
  • edition: New edition

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