The Faber Book of Utopias


Author: John Carey
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780571203178
Category: Utopias
Page: 531
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Utopias come in every conceivable cultural and sexual shade: communist, fascist, anarchist, green, techno-fantastic, all male, all female. John Carey's anthology encompasses many noble schemes, as well as chilling attempts at social control.

The Faber Book of Reportage


Author: John Carey
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571141630
Category: History
Page: 706
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What was it like to be caught in the firestorm that destroyed Pompeii? To have dinner with Attila the Hun? To watch the charge of the Light Brigade? To see the Titanic slide beneath the waves? John Carey's best-selling Faber Book of Reportage draws its eyewitness account from memoirs, travel books and newspapers. This is history with the varnish removed. 'A quite stunning collection. There are descriptions in this book so fresh that they sear themselves into the imagination.' Jeremy Paxman

Die Mauer

Roman
Author: John Lanchester
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608115617
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In Großbritannien gilt das Gesetz des Stärkeren. Das Land ist von einer hohen Mauer umgeben, die von den Bewohnern um jeden Preis gegen Eindringlinge verteidigt wird. Während in England der Brexit vorbereitet wird, legt Bestsellerautor John Lanchester einen brisanten neuen Roman vor. Joseph Kavanagh tritt seinen Dienst auf der Mauer an, die England seit dem großen Wandel umgibt. Er gehört nun zu jener Gruppe von jungen Menschen, die die Mauer unter Einsatz ihres Lebens gegen Eindringlinge verteidigt. Der Preis für ein mögliches Versagen ist hoch. Schaffen es Eindringlinge ins Land, werden die verantwortlichen Verteidiger dem Meer – und somit dem sicheren Tod – übergeben. Das Leben auf der Mauer verlangt Kavanagh einiges ab, doch seine Einheit wird zu seiner Familie, und mit Hifa, einer jungen Frau, fühlt er sich besonders eng verbunden. Gemeinsam absolvieren sie Kampfübungen, die sie auf den Ernstfall vorbereiten sollen. Denn ihre Gegner können jeden Moment angreifen. Und die sind gefährlich, weil sie für ein Leben hinter der Mauer alles aufs Spiel setzen. John Lanchester geht in seinem neuen Roman alle Herausforderungen unserer Zeit an – Flüchtlingsströme, wachsende politische Differenzen und die immer größer werdende Angst in der Bevölkerung – und verwebt diese zu einer hochgradig spannenden Geschichte über Liebe und Vertrauen sowie über den Kampf ums Überleben.

Utopia


Author: Merlin Coverley
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
ISBN: 1842438735
Category: Philosophy
Page: 176
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For more than 2,000 years utopian visionaries have sought to create a blueprint of the ideal society: from Plato to HG Wells, from Cloudcuckooland to Shangri-La, the utopian impulse has generated a vast body of work, encompassing philosophy and political theory, classical literature and science fiction. And yet these utopian dreams have often turned to nightmare, as utopia gives way to its dark reflection, dystopia. Utopia takes the reader on a journey through these imaginary worlds, charting the progress of utopian ideas from their origins within the classical world, to the rebirth of utopian ideals in the Middle Ages. Later we see the emergence of socialist and feminist ideas; while the twentieth century was to be dominated by expressions of totalitarian oppression. From the novel to the political manifesto, from satire to science fiction, utopias have always reflected the age that gave rise to them, and this guide will explore this historical context, offering both an analysis of the key texts and an account of their political and cultural background. Today, it is claimed that we are witnessing the death of utopia, as increasingly the ideals that give rise to them are undermined or dismissed. These arguments are explored and evaluated here, and contemporary examples of utopian thought used to demonstrate the enduring relevance of the utopian tradition.

Utopia as Method

The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society
Author: R. Levitas
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137314257
Category: Political Science
Page: 268
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Utopia should be understood as a method rather than a goal. This book rehabilitates utopia as a repressed dimension of the sociological and in the process produces the Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, a provisional, reflexive and dialogic method for exploring alternative possible futures.

The Intellectuals and the Masses

Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880-1939
Author: John Carey
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571265103
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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Professor John Carey shows how early twentieth-century intellectuals imagined the 'masses' as semi-human swarms, drugged by popular newspapers and cinema, and ripe for extermination. Exposing the revulsion from common humanity in George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, W. B. Yeats and other canonized writers, he relates this to the cult of the Nietzschean Superman, which found its ultimate exponent in Hitler. Carey's assault on the founders of modern culture caused consternation throughout the artistic and academic establishments when it was first published in 1992.

The Philosophy of Utopia


Author: Barbara Goodwin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136337636
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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This collection addresses the important function of utopianism in social and political philosophy and includes debate on what its future role will be in a period dominated by dystopian nightmare scenarios.

How to be Good

Roman
Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462306529
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Katies Seitensprung ist eigentlich nicht das Problem, auch wenn sie ihrem Mann spontan einen Scheidungsantrag macht, der nicht angenommen wird. David, ein frustrierter unveröffentlichter Schriftsteller, hält das Banner der Familie hoch, zu deren Unterhalt er nur bescheiden mit giftigen Zeitungskolumnen beiträgt. Aber immerhin ist er ein recht ordentlicher Hausmann und ein eingespielter Ehepartner. Katies großes Problem ist DJ GoodNews. Der moraltriefende Heiler mit dem exotischen Augenbrauenpiercing und unbestreitbaren Heilerfolgen zieht zu Katie und David und krempelt die Familie um.

The Individual and Utopia

A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection
Author: Dr Clint Jones,Mr Cameron Ellis
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472428943
Category: Social Science
Page: 348
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Interdisciplinary in scope and bringing together work from around the world, The Individual and Utopia enquires after the nature of the utopian as citizen, demonstrating the inherent value of making the individual central to utopian theorizing and highlighting the methodologies necessary for examining the utopian individual. The various approaches employed reveal what it is to be an individual yoked by the idea of citizenship and challenge the ways that we have traditionally been taught to think of the individual as citizen. As such, it will appeal to scholars with interests in social theory, philosophy, literature, cultural studies, architecture and feminist thought, whose work intersects with political thought, utopian theorizing, or the study of humanity or human nature.

The Concept of Utopia


Author: Ruth Levitas
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039113668
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
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Originally published: London: Philip Allan, 1990.

Utopian Audiences

How Readers Locate Nowhere
Author: Kenneth Roemer
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558497894
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 312
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An innovative study of readers' responses to utopian literature How do readers transform Utopia? How do they manipulate imaginary worlds to gain new perceptions of their own worlds, perceptions that help them build desires to change reality into a somewhere resembling the author's nowhere? How do authors engage readers in this process? How do cultures, historical forces, and literary conventions create spaces enabling authors to invite and readers to engage? These are questions addressed in Utopian Audiences, the first study to employ a wide spectrum of reader-response approaches to define the nature and impact of utopian literature. In the first part of the book, Kenneth M. Roemer establishes why utopian literature offers an attractive arena for reader-response criticism. He focuses on the literature's diversity, its provocative and multi-genre character, and the availability of documented responses as different as book illustrations and intentional communities. In the second part, he concentrates on late nineteenth-century America, which witnessed a grand outpouring of utopian literature, and in particular on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, the most popular and influential American utopian novel. The study progresses from broad cultural constructs to specific modern responses; from the perceptual systems and reading conventions allowing readers to see utopias to text-based models of implied readers and to documented readings of actual people, including Bellamy himself, reviewers, and 733 late twentieth-century readers. A fictional gathering of all the readers concludes the book.

Utopian Reality

Reconstructing Culture in Revolutionary Russia and Beyond
Author: Christina Lodder,Maria Kokkori,Maria Mileeva
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004263225
Category: Art
Page: 296
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This collection of essays deals broadly with the visual and cultural manifestation of utopian aspirations in Russia of the 1920s and 1930s, while examining the before- and after-life of such ideas both geographically and chronologically.

Schwerelos

Roman
Author: Katie Khan
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641196574
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Zwei Menschen, schwerelos und allein. Um sie herum: die Schwärze des Alls. Unter ihnen, zum Greifen nah und doch unerreichbar: ihr Zuhause, der blaue Planet. Jetzt haben Carys und Max bloß noch einander zum Festhalten – und nur noch Atemluft für neunzig Minuten. Gemeinsam blicken sie auf die Erde, die ihnen als Liebende keinen Platz bot. Die Erde, zu der sie nun um jeden Preis zurückkehren wollen. Doch die Zeit läuft gegen sie ...

International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work

Bridging Academic and Vocational Learning
Author: Rupert Maclean,David Wilson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402052812
Category: Education
Page: 3037
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This six-volume handbook covers the latest practice in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). It presents TVET models from all over the world, reflections on the best and most innovative practice, and dozens of telling case studies. The handbook presents the work of established as well as the most promising young researchers and features unrivalled coverage of developments in research, policy and practice in TVET.

Christianity, Tolerance and Pluralism

A Theological Engagement with Isaiah Berlin's Social Theory
Author: Michael Jinkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134332254
Category: Religion
Page: 272
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This book provides a sustained, critical and theological engagement with arguably the most crucial aspect of contemporary society - its diversity. The author finds in the social theory of Isaiah Berlin a number of fruitful ways to reframe the debate over these questions, and to contribute to a more positive conversation regarding our fundamental differences. The book focuses particularly on Berlin's critique of monism and idealistic utopianism, arguing that pluralism does not represent a failure in the nature of human society, but a superabundance of possibilities in a created world grounded in the character of God. Bringing Berlin's thought into conversation with other social theorists, philosophers and Christian theologians, the book provides leaders and members of faith communities with a viable model to move beyond tolerance as mere forbearance to a grace which consists of respect and radical acceptance of others.

Ecological Imaginations in the World Religions

An Ethnographic Analysis
Author: Tony Watling
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441152806
Category: Religion
Page: 252
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The field of religion and ecology is an emerging and growing movement that is becoming relevant and influential in the world. It seeks to analyse, encourage, inspire, use, compare, and combine religious traditions to engage and shape environmental issues. Tony Watling seeks to ethnographically analyse this important field and its expressions. In particular, he analyses and compares its explorations of different world religions for ecological themes and the resulting expressions of ecological visions, in what he terms 'religious ecotopias' - idealized, environmentally-friendly re-imaginings of nature and humanity, and correspondingly religion, which seek to influence environmental attitudes.

Critical Mass

How One Thing Leads to Another
Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466806834
Category: Philosophy
Page: 528
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Are there any "laws of nature" that influence the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves? In the seventeenth century, tired of the civil war ravaging England, Thomas Hobbes decided that he would work out what kind of government was needed for a stable society. His approach was based not on utopian wishful thinking but rather on Galileo's mechanics to construct a theory of government from first principles. His solution is unappealing to today's society, yet Hobbes had sparked a new way of thinking about human behavior in looking for the "scientific" rules of society. Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, and John Stuart Mill pursued this idea from different political perspectives. Little by little, however, social and political philosophy abandoned a "scientific" approach. Today, physics is enjoying a revival in the social, political and economic sciences. Ball shows how much we can understand of human behavior when we cease to try to predict and analyze the behavior of individuals and instead look to the impact of individual decisions-whether in circumstances of cooperation or conflict-can have on our laws, institutions and customs. Lively and compelling, Critical Mass is the first book to bring these new ideas together and to show how they fit within the broader historical context of a rational search for better ways to live.

Communism


Author: Mark Sandle
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780582506039
Category: Political Science
Page: 200
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Finally, Communism investigates the ultimate failure of communism as a political ideology, and concludes by asking how far the historical record of communism has been used to conceal the historical record of capitalism."--Jacket.

Gotteskind


Author: John Wray
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644001162
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Aden Sawyer, achtzehn, hat einen Plan. Er wird sie weit vom Haus ihrer Mutter, in dem die Familienfotos zur Wand gedreht sind, und vom Einfluss ihres dominanten Vaters entfernen. Denn sie ist entschlossen, nach Peschawar in Pakistan zu reisen, um dort in einer Medrese den Islam zu studieren. Mit Hilfe eines Freundes organisiert sie die heimliche Reise. In Pakistan schlüpft sie in eine neue Identität, verkleidet sich als junger Mann. Doch bald gerät sie in größere Gefahr, als sie sich jemals vorstellen konnte. Denn der Weg zur Erlösung ist lang und gefährlich, und er führt direkt in die Kriegswirren Afghanistans. John Wray verfolgt das Schicksal seiner jungen Heldin mit der zwingenden Logik der Paranoia und erzeugt so atemberaubende Spannung.