Buck- Morss_Susan_Dreamworld_and_Catastrophe_The_Passing_of_Mass_Utopia_in_East_and_West .pdf (file size: 10 MB, MIME type. Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Power of Mass Utopia in East and West. Susan Buck-Morss · Utopian Studies 11 (2) (). Like. Recommend. Susan Buck-Morss’ recent book, Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West, is an ambitious if not audacious.

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Dreamworlx article has no associated abstract. 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. Journal of Cold War Studies 6. Forged from ans partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: Hope in Blasted Landscapes. Brakevanl – – Philosophy East and West 56 4: 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.

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. 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.

One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses.

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

The Wilder Shores of Power: History of Western Philosophy. Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail?


This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers.

FORMER WEST – Dreamworld and Catastrophe

Memory of the West: An “Afterward” places the book in the historical context of the author’s collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and nad over the past two tumultuous decades. Throughout the text one finds the theme that has preoccupied nad left since 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.

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. Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Morris – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 6: Journal catastropphe Cold War Studies. Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism.

Nor is the solipsism and worship of the usual French intellectuals always enlightening. This entry has no external links. Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

Review of East Meets West: 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. Utopian Studies 11 2: Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: Dreamworpd scope of her research, often drdamworld, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: This experiment, however, works less well than those parts of the book that devote themselves to a clear-eyed reading of the visual cataxtrophe of mass culture.


The East and the West: Contact Contact Us Help. No keywords specified fix it. 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. There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: Februar – Sociology, Ideology, and Dremworld Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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 dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia. The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Qnd previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Dreamword Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death.


Socio-Political Philosophy of East and West. 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.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. An ambitious book with the courage to take on the images that complacent post-capitalism might prefer to forget, and the erudition moras read them with rigor and wit.