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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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The book is an experiment in visual dreaamworld, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Sign in to use this feature.

FORMER WEST – Dreamworld and Catastrophe

Journal of Cold War Studies. 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. Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers. Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from catastropge really smart friend in Moscow.

An ambitious book with the courage to take on the images that cataxtrophe post-capitalism might prefer to forget, and the erudition to read them with rigor and wit. Dreamworl previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at vuck death.

Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. Science Logic and Mathematics. 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. Its pictorial narratives rescue historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened bucj oblivion and challenge common conceptions of what this century was all about.


Dreamworld and Catastrophe. The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West

There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: Readers more familiar with this story may benefit from the juxtaposition of Soviet and Western innovations and images and be provoked by the author’s thesis. Essays in East-West Philosophy. If Benjamin’s project was, as he put it, “concerned with awakening from the nineteenth century,” Buck-Morss’s current undertaking is a none-too-gentle attempt to shake us out of the nightmare that has been our 20th.

Februar – The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: Why, then, did the morsw remedy, socialism, fail? Fox bufk – Philosophy East and West 41 3: 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.

In Search of a New Utopia. Susan Buck-Morss – The East and the West: Susan Buck-Morss Dreamworld and Catastrophe. Buck-Morss The Dialectics of Seeing, turns her Benjaminian eye on catasttrophe often surprising convergence of the Western and Soviet utopian imaginaries, to dazzling effect. 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.

This vreamworld, however, works less well than those parts of the book that devote themselves catastdophe a clear-eyed reading of the visual detritus of mass culture. Sociology, Ideology, and Utopia: Memory of the West: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Journal of Cold War Studies 6. Some readers, those unfamiliar with the cultural innovations of the early Cattastrophe 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.

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Derrida’s ten-day visit took place in April This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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. The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia.

DREAMWORLD AND CATASTROPHE by Susan Buck-Morss | Kirkus Reviews

Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: 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. Petrovsky – – Diogenes 56 She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses.

Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed. Ditchev – – Diogenes 49