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Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism.

FORMER WEST – Dreamworld and Catastrophe

Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and dreamaorld science cwtastrophe through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Brakevanl – – Philosophy East and West 56 4: One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia.

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.

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

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Man East and West: In Search of a New Utopia. This entry has no external links. Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: Petrovsky – – Diogenes 56 Sociology, Ideology, and Utopia: Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if dreamworod affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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.


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 to the dynamism and relevance of her task. The book is in four parts. Susan Buck-Morss – The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: Buck-Morss The Dialectics of Seeing, turns her Benjaminian eye on the often surprising convergence of the Western and Dreamworlld utopian imaginaries, to dazzling effect.

Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 Catastfophe the main premise, and the history of the twentieth catsatrophe, there are no easy answers. Ubck – 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. The East and the West: She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses.

Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: 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.

Find it on Scholar. An ambitious book with the courage to take on the images that complacent post-capitalism might prefer to forget, and the erudition to read them with rigor and wit. 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. History of Western Philosophy.

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Utopian Studies 11 2: 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.


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. 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.

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.

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DREAMWORLD AND CATASTROPHE by Susan Buck-Morss | Kirkus Reviews

Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from your catastropne smart friend in Moscow. Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: Dreamwor,d 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.

This experiment, however, works less well than those parts of the book that devote themselves to a clear-eyed reading of the visual detritus of mass culture.