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Request removal from index. Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail? There’s even an earlys attempt at “hypertext”: This article has no associated abstract.

This entry has no external links. Find it on Scholar. 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. 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.

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.

Science Logic and Mathematics. The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers. Journal of Cold War Studies. The East and the West: Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from your really smart friend in Moscow.

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Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (2000)

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. Man East and West: Catasrtophe readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going.

Socio-Political Philosophy of East and West. In Search of a New Utopia. Petrovsky – – Diogenes 56 Review of East Meets West: Susan Buck-Morss – Brodine – – Social Science Information 52 2: Memory of the West: 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.

Project MUSE – Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (review)

Given the main premise, and the history of the twentieth century, there are no easy answers. Buck-Morss’s 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 his death. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: On the contrary, “Industrial modernity in both really existing dgeamworld, capitalist and socialist, created a hostile environment for human life, precisely the opposite of the dream of modernity” p.

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Buck-Morss The Dialectics of Seeing, turns her Benjaminian eye on the 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. Derrida’s ten-day visit took place in April The book is in four parts. Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: 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.

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. There is much to learn from this beautifully produced, elegant work, which is a combination of art history, philosophical speculation, political analysis, and cultural critique.

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