Race and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society

Editors: Ventura, Patricia, Chan, Edward K. (Eds.)

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  • Addresses a need for scholarship on the issue of race and utopia in US literature
  • Covers a wide range of racial identities and utopian texts
  • Inorporates the voices of multiple scholars covering a variety of racialized historical and contemporary literatures
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About this book

Bringing together a variety of scholarly voices, this book argues for the necessity of understanding the important role literature plays in crystallizing the ideologies of the oppressed, while exploring the necessarily racialized character of utopian thought in American culture and society. Utopia in everyday usage designates an idealized fantasy place, but within the interdisciplinary field of utopian studies, the term often describes the worldviews of non-dominant groups when they challenge the ruling order. In a time when white supremacy is reasserting itself in the US and around the world, there is a growing need to understand the vital relationship between race and utopia as a resource for resistance. Utopian literature opens up that relationship by envisioning and negotiating the prospect of a better future while acknowledging the brutal past. The collection fills a critical gap in both literary studies, which has largely ignored the issue of race and utopia, and utopian studies, which has said too little about race.

About the authors

Patricia Ventura is Associate Professor of English at Spelman College, USA.
Edward K. Chan is Associate Professor in the School of Culture, Media, and Society at Waseda University, Japan.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Race and Utopian Desire

    Pages 1-19

    Ventura, Patricia

  • Frederick Douglass’s Utopia: Searching for the Space of Black Freedom

    Pages 23-39

    Lemke, David

  • The Serial Novel, Nation, and Utopia: An Intratextual Re-reading of Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self

    Pages 41-58

    Foster, Amber

  • Black Power Utopia: African-American Utopianism and Revolutionary Prophesy in Black Power-Era Science Fiction

    Pages 59-78

    Tabone, Mark A.

  • “Strange Times to Be a Jew”: Themes of Whiteness, Identity, and Sanctuary in the Imagined Jewish Utopias of Grand Island and Sitka

    Pages 81-100

    Nordstrom, Justin

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19470-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19469-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Race and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society
Editors
  • Patricia Ventura
  • Edward K. Chan
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19470-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19470-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19469-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 311
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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