Archaeologies of the Future by Fredric Jameson The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute Critical Theory and Science Fiction by Carl Howard. Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. Verso Books, ISBN Pp. Reviewed. ARCHAEOLOGIES. OF THE FUTURE. The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. FREDRIC JAMESON. VERSO. London • New York.

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Chapter 2 sees Jameson speaking about the significance of utopia as an ultimately imagined space — a beautiful idea that almost brings the book to its knees. The statement is clearly not intended to vilify the fantasy genre, though it may reflect a limited awareness futurs its expansiveness.

And I guess I should be more accepting of that, but really he’s all over the place. Do we really see a liberal-capitalist-democratic utopia in our future, or are we more concerned with individual utopian dreams?

His analysis starts with science fiction. This is not necessarily a negative aspect of the work but, in actuality, seems to offer several possible epilogues and afterwards to the first section. May 09, Jesus added it Shelves: Books by Fredric Jameson.

Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

For instance, in discussing the tendency of utopias to isolate themselves from the surrounding world, he takes the example of B.

Nov 20, Joe rated it really liked it.

Published April 17th by Verso first published Jameson artfully and expertly weaves together notions of political ideology and the richly imagined worlds of science fiction authors. Jaime Infante rated it it was amazing Nov 17, Archaeologies of the Future: And in the context of Utopian studies, I imagine it all kind of makes sense, but the problem is that it really does seem like the archeologiees fiction and anti-utopian are just welded on here until the second part which, unfortunately, is mostly just rehashing the same things from earlier in the book.


Sep 15, J. Built on the Thematic Theme Framework. Dec 24, Michelle rated it liked it.

What a great contribution to the secondary literature supporting my PhD research! The overall effect is thus of several arguments ongoing from Jameson, all characterized by his usual theoretical precision and density fredrlc reference.

Mar 21, Zach rated it it was ok Shelves: That leaves room for me to do so! The book is difficult to read because the ideas are deeply explored, original and counter-intuitive in many cases.

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Oct 08, Nicholas rated it really liked it. Jameson also draws on a huge range of philosophical and literary texts, and actually explains them fairly clearly.

More broadly, taking a theoretical jamespn from Ernst Bloch, Jameson draws a basic distinction between the systemic project of utopias and the forms of hope which the utopian impulse might take. Vajra Chandrasekera Reviews Monday: Jameson’s book speaks to jameeson very specific audience, and if you are not part of that audience, prepare to be left in the dust.

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Be forewarned that Jameson does jakeson see Marxism as a bad word but rather a critical tool for evaluating society. Nov 27, Sean Estelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

I am curious to know if Jameson sees utopia as a solely collective enterprise or if he believes that we can obtain it for ourselves. Refresh and try again.


Bridget rated it afcheologies was amazing Mar 26, He clearly traces the link between the utopian members of the Western Canon and the rise of science fiction’s paraliterature, and the societal needs for these works archeokogies their roots in the human collective conscienceness. Not only has he studied the genre, he appreciates it. Bloodmoney] and the counterforce embodied in Hoppy Harrington, concluding that this opposition results in a replacement of a world of objects by language.

Expect to learn from this book and don’t expect him to enshrine SF into the Western Canon but rather to provide you with an unders A non-apologetist review archeologoes the science fiction genre through the eyes of America’s leading postmodernist thinker.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Roxanne rated it really liked it Feb 13, However, Jameson interprets the disastrous results of George’s dreaming as profoundly Taoist. The contexts in which they settle determine the future as well as how the next cultural form will emerge. Finished the sections of this work that I really wanted to read for now, but I am certainly not done with it and will return to this A LOT.

What quickly begins to emerge is a vast inventory of science fiction texts that imagine both Utopia and Dystopia. Jesse Rhines rated it liked it Aug 18, Open Preview See a Problem?