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Its pictorial narratives rescue historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened with oblivion and challenge common conceptions of what this century was all about. She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses.

Stressing the similarities between the East and West and using the end of the Cold War as her point of departure, she examines both extremes of mass utopia, dreamworld and catastrophe. History of Western Philosophy. One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. 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.

Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: 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” mprss.

Utopian Studies 11 2: He has since written a book about his trip or rather, written about not writing about it in an essay entitled ‘Back from Moscow, in the USSR'” p. Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers. Februar – Tessa Morris-Suzuki – – Thesis Eleven 86 1: Memory of the West: Readers more familiar with this story may benefit from the juxtaposition of Soviet and Western innovations and images and be provoked by the moorss thesis.


Sign in to use this feature. The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia. Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (2000)

Review of East Meets Catsstrophe An “Afterward” places the book in the historical context of the author’s collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and artists over the past two tumultuous decades.

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. Request removal from index.

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 Russia in the s. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this bcuk.

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

For readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going. Sign in Create an account.

Nor is the solipsism and worship of the usual French intellectuals always enlightening. Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail? As for the competition between capitalism and socialism, in the Cold War “Good was defined as the other that is, as what the enemy rejectedentwining them in a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the binaries of discursive frame mosrs contained them both” pp.

Derrida’s ten-day visit took place in April Buck-Morss’s previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death.

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


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Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past.

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. In Search of a New Utopia.

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Susan Buck-Morss argues that Stalinism crushed utopian innovation in favor of Western materialism and that once this happened the Soviet experiment was doomed because it had chosen to compete with the West on Western terms, thus excluding its original utopian promise.

Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism. Man East and West: No keywords specified fix it. The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers.

Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 This article has no associated abstract. The first chapter, on the political history of Communism, rehashes quite a bit of conventional history to put the main thesis in some kind of context, but this is distasteful to Buck-Morss because it suggests that, after all, “facts” exist.

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