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Utopias of One

Utopias of One
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SKU17372
Author
Joshua Kotin
ISBN Number
9780691196541
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Utopias fail. Utopias of one do not. They are perfect worlds.

Yet their success comes at a cost. They are radically singular-and thus exclusive and inimitable. Utopias of One is a major new account of utopian writing.

Joshua Kotin examines how eight writers-Henry David Thoreau, W. E. B.

Du Bois, Osip and Nadezhda Mandel'shtam, Anna Akhmatova, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and J. H. Prynne-construct utopias of one within and against modernity's two large-scale attempts to harmonize individual and collective interests: liberalism and communism.

The book begins in the United States between the buildup to the Civil War and the end of Jim Crow; continues in the Soviet Union between Stalinism and the late Soviet period; and concludes in England and the United States between World War I and the end of the Cold War. The book, in this way, captures how writers from disparate geopolitical contexts resist state and normative power to construct perfect worlds-for themselves alone. Utopias of One makes a vital contribution to debates about literature and politics, presenting innovative arguments about aesthetic difficulty, personal autonomy, and complicity and dissent.

The book also models a new approach to transnational and comparative scholarship, combining original research in English and Russian to illuminate more than a century and a half of literary and political history.
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