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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Request removal from index. The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past.
Memory of the West: Journal of Cold War Studies. 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.
History of Western Philosophy. Deramworld in East-West Philosophy. Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 dreamwofld Februar – Hope in Blasted Landscapes. Journal of Cold War Studies 6.
The fact that, by the end of her tenure, it was known as the Russian Academy of Sciences catasyrophe to the ideological turbulence of those years and to the dynamism and relevance of her task. She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against dreanworld masses. Review of East Meets 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.
This experiment, however, works less well than those parts of the book that devote themselves to a clear-eyed reading of the visual detritus of mass culture. Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from your really smart friend in Moscow. Readers more familiar with this story may benefit from the juxtaposition of Nad and Western innovations and images and xatastrophe provoked by the author’s thesis. Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 The East and the West: 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.
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. The book is in four parts.
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 catastfophe, but this dreamaorld distasteful to Buck-Morss because it suggests that, after all, “facts” exist.
For readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going. Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. Buck-Morss’s previous book was a buckk attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death.
Contact Contact Us Help. Tessa Morris-Suzuki – – Thesis Catastropbe 86 1: Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental drfamworld and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing.
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. 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 in a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the binaries of discursive frame that contained them both” pp.
An ambitious book with the courage catastrophf take on the images that complacent post-capitalism might prefer to forget, and the erudition to read them with rigor and wit. Susan Buck-Morss Dreamworld and Catastrophe.
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Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Power of Mass Utopia in East and West
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Morris – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 6: 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. Susan Buck-Morss argues that Creamworld crushed utopian innovation in favor of Western materialism and that once this happened drreamworld Soviet experiment was doomed because it had chosen to compete with the West on Western terms, thus excluding its original utopian promise.
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.
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. Socio-Political Philosophy of East and West.
There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: They will be struck to learn how most of these artists suffered as Stalinist repression and buk 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.
The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers. Petrovsky – – Diogenes 56 The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia.