American Utopia

American Utopia
Author : David Byrne
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages : 160
Release : 2020-10-27
ISBN 10 : 9781635576696
ISBN 13 : 1635576695
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Utopia Book Description:

From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman--an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all. Don't miss the Spike Lee film of the Broadway hit American Utopia--on HBO. A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020 A joyful collaboration between old friends David Byrne and Maira Kalman, American Utopia offers readers an antidote to cynicism, bursting with pathos, humanism, and hope--featuring his words and lyrics brought to life with more than 150 of her colorful paintings. The text is drawn from David Byrne's American Utopia, which has become a hit Broadway show and is now a film from Spike Lee on HBO. The four-color artwork, by Maira Kalman, which she created for the Broadway show's curtain, is composed of small moments, expressions, gestures, and interactions that together offer a portrait of daily life and coexistence. With their creative talents combined, American Utopia is a salvo for kindness and a call for jubilation, a reminder to sing, dance, and waste not a moment. Beautifully designed and edited by Alex Kalman, American Utopia is a balm for the soul from two of the world's most extraordinary artists.

An American Utopia

An American Utopia
Author : Fredric Jameson
Publisher : Verso
Total Pages : 336
Release : 2016-06-28
ISBN 10 : 1784784532
ISBN 13 : 9781784784539
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An American Utopia Book Description:

"Controversial manifesto by acclaimed cultural theorist debated by leading writers Fredric Jameson's path-breaking essay An American Utopia radically questions standard leftist notions of an eman-cipated society, advocating--among other things--universal conscription as the model for the communist reorganization of soci-ety, fully acknowledging envy and resentment as the central problem of a communist society, and rejecting the dreams of over-coming the division between work and leisure. Endorsing the axiom that to change the world one should begin by changing our dreams about how we imagine an emancipated society, Jameson's text is ideally placed to trigger a debate on possible and imag-inable alternatives to global capitalism. In addition to Jameson's essay, the volume brings reactions to it by philosophers and political and cultural analysts, as well as an epilogue from Jameson. Many will be appalled at what they will encounter--there will be blood. But what if one has to spill such (ideological) blood to give the left a new chance? Contributors include Kim Stanley Robinson, Jodi Dean, Saroj Giri, Agon Hamza, Kojin Karatani, Frank Ruda, Alberto Toscano, Kathi Weeks, and Slavoj

American Utopia

American Utopia
Author : Peter Swirski
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 242
Release : 2019-08-28
ISBN 10 : 9780429628139
ISBN 13 : 0429628137
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Utopia Book Description:

From Black Tuesday to the White House, from Plato to Robert Nozick, from Eugene Debs to Richard Nixon, from Peter Cornelis Plockhoy to the hippie communes of the Sixties, from universal basic income to utopian basic income, from proverbial wisdom to multilevel selection, from Big Data to paleomorality, from Prisoner’s Dilemma to social-engineering Israeli kindergartens, from time travel to gene engineering, from the pretzel logic of meritocracy to deaggressing humanity, American Utopia maps the pitfalls and windfalls of social reform in the name of the human use of human beings. Interrogating the assumptions behind four outré utopias by Thomas M. Disch, Bernard Malamud, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood, the book interrogates the assumptions that have historically been central to the utopian project. Whence the seeds of social discontent? Whence our taste for egoism and altruism? For waging war and waging peace? Can we bioengineer human nature to specifications? Should we? Who makes better guardians: humans or machines? And who will guard the guardians?

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature Social Thought and Political History

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature  Social Thought  and Political History
Author : Peter Swirski
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 270
Release : 2011-05-09
ISBN 10 : 9781136723391
ISBN 13 : 1136723390
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature Social Thought and Political History Book Description:

The United States today is afflicted with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social agony. Worst of all, perhaps, it is afflicted with chronic and acute ahistoricism. America insist on ignoring the context of its present dilemmas. It insists on forgetting what preceded the headlines of today and on denying continuity with history. It insists, in short, on its exceptionalism. American Utopia and Social Engineering sets out to correct this amnesia. It misses no opportunity to flesh out both the historical premises and the political promises behind the social policies and political events of the period. These interdisciplinary concerns provide, in turn, the framework for the analyses of works of American literature that mirror their times and mores. Novels considered include: B.F. Skinner and Walden Two (1948), easily the most scandalous utopia of the century, if not of all times; Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), an anatomy of political disfranchisement American-style; Bernard Malamud’s God’s Grace (1982), a neo-Darwinian beast fable about morality in the thermonuclear age; Walker Percy’s The Thanatos Syndrome (1986), a diagnostic novel about engineering violence out of America’s streets and minds; and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004), an alternative history of homegrown ‘soft’ fascism. With the help of the five novels and the social models outlined therein, Swirski interrogates key aspects of sociobiology and behavioural psychology, voting and referenda procedures, morality and altruism, multilevel selection and proverbial wisdom, violence and chip-implant technology, and the adaptive role of emotions in our private and public lives.

Becoming Utopian

Becoming Utopian
Author : Tom Moylan
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 312
Release : 2020-11-26
ISBN 10 : 9781350133358
ISBN 13 : 1350133353
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming Utopian Book Description:

A dream of a better world is a powerful human force that inspires activists, artists, and citizens alike. In this book Tom Moylan – one of the pioneering scholars of contemporary utopian studies – explores the utopian process in its individual and collective trajectory from dream to realization. Drawing on theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway and Alain Badiou and science fiction writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville, Becoming Utopian develops its argument for sociopolitical action through studies that range from liberation theology, ecological activism, and radical pedagogy to the radical movements of 1968. Throughout, Moylan speaks to the urgent need to confront and transform the global environmental, economic, political and cultural crises of our time.

British and American Utopian Literature 1516 1975

British and American Utopian Literature  1516 1975
Author : Lyman Tower Sargent
Publisher : Boston : G. K. Hall
Total Pages : 324
Release : 1979
ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105035885107
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British and American Utopian Literature 1516 1975 Book Description:

American Utopia

American Utopia
Author :
Publisher :
Total Pages :
Release : 2020
ISBN 10 : OCLC:1197319791
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Utopia Book Description:

America as Utopia

America as Utopia
Author : Kenneth M. Roemer
Publisher : Burt Franklin
Total Pages : 410
Release : 1981
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015004195205
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America as Utopia Book Description:

Essays analyze the utopian worlds described in fiction by American authors such as B.F. Skinner, Mark Twain, and Kurt Vonnegut