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For readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going. 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.

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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. Socio-Political Philosophy of East and West.

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

Tessa Morris-Suzuki – – Thesis Eleven 86 1: No keywords specified fix it. From toBuck-Morss was a visiting scholar there, at what was first called the Institute of Philosophy of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: 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. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.


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In Search of a New Utopia. Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: Sign in to use this feature. 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.

Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia.

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

Journal of Cold War Catastroph 6. Find it on Scholar. Susan Buck-Morss – One assumes she did this to spare dreamwor,d the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses. Throughout the text one finds the theme that has preoccupied the left since They will be struck to learn how most of these artists suffered as Stalinist repression and growing cultural conservatism forced Soviet society to turn to the more practical goal of constructing a war economy based on heavy industry and pervasive consumer shortages.

The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past.

The larger social vision has given way to private dreams of material happiness and to political cynicism. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Februar – 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.

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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Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there dreajworld no easy answers.


As the century closes, this dream is being left behind; the belief that industrial modernization can bring about the good society by overcoming material scarcity for all has been challenged by the disintegration of European socialism, capitalist restructuring, and ecological constraints. Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail? Contact Contact Us Help. Hope in Blasted Landscapes.

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. 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.

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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. 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.

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