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The Racial Horizon of Utopia

Unthinking the Future of Race in Late Twentieth-Century American Utopian Novels

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This book surveys reimaginings of race by US American utopian novelists including Dorothy Bryant, Marge Piercy, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler and Kim Stanley Robinson. It argues that our utopian dreams cannot be furthered unless we come to terms with the phenomenology of race and the impasse of the individual in liberal humanist democracy.

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Titel: The Racial Horizon of Utopia
Autoren/Herausgeber: Edward K. Chan
Aus der Reihe: Ralahine Utopian Studies
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783034319164

Seitenzahl: 226
Format: 22,5 x 15 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 340 g
Sprache: Englisch

Edward K. Chan is Associate Professor of American Studies at Aichi University in Nagoya, Japan. His research and teaching interests include twentieth-century US American literary, film and popular culture, with a special emphasis on race and transnational perspectives on US American culture.

Race and utopia have been fundamental features of US American culture since the origins of the country. However, racial ideology has often contradicted the ideals of social and political equality in the United States. This book surveys reimaginings of race in major late twentieth-century US American utopian novels from the 1970s to the 1990s. Dorothy Bryant, Marge Piercy, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler and Kim Stanley Robinson all present radical new configurations of race in a more ideal society, yet continually encounter an ideological blockage as the horizon beyond which we cannot rethink race. Nevertheless, these novels create productive strains of thinking to grapple with the question of race in US American culture. Drawing on feminist theory and critiques of democracy, the author argues that our utopian dreams cannot be furthered unless we come to terms with the phenomenology of race and the impasse of the individual in liberal humanist democracy.

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