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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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.

Throughout the text one catastophe the theme that has preoccupied the left since Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers.

Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. The East and the West: 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. 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.

Journal of Cold War Studies. Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: The Wilder Shores of Power: Derrida’s ten-day visit took place in April This article has no associated abstract.


Morris – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 6: 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.

Februar – 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. Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from your really smart friend in Moscow.

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.

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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 catastrlphe a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the catastropne of discursive frame that contained them both” pp. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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. Request removal from index. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

Socio-Political Philosophy of East and West. Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: 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. 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.


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.


The book is in four parts. This entry has no external links. 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. Sign in to use this feature. 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. 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.

The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers. Brakevanl – – Philosophy East and West 56 4: Contact Contact Us Help. Man East and West: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: