ARCHAEOLOGIES. OF THE FUTURE. The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. FREDRIC JAMESON. VERSO. London • New York. Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. Verso Books, ISBN Pp. Reviewed. Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. Review by Justin Armstrong.

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You will need to bring your knowledge of the Western Canon and contemporary philosophy with you in order to fully appreciate this text. Top Reviews Most recent Top Qrcheologies.

Elementary Structures of Race reviewed by Steven Delmagori. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission. This is only an apparent paradox since, as he stresses at one point, science fiction characteristically builds on its present, despite evocations of the future. More’s “Utopia”Jameson envigorates Utopia and claims it has relevance for us today.

Critical Theory and Science Fiction. It is within this context that, through a rigorous examination of the form of a Utopian text most notably: Many Strange Horizons readers may be familiar with Fredric Jameson, if only from an undergraduate course that touched on political, cultural, or literary theory. Here, the author looks at works ranging from Thomas More’s inaugural text, Utopiato Marx and Engel’s analysis of the socialist Utopia in The Communist Manifesto.


Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: Indeed, much of Archaeologies of the Future is devoted to answering a question that Jameson poses early in the book: Crisis of Legitimacy in the United States. This is a unique reflection on the nature of late capitalist society and the notions of progress that seem to pervade our very existence. We can never go home — even if that home has yet to exist [4]. The formalist approach becomes perverse in the sense of appearing to be meaninglessly persistent because, however much Jameson grapples with the meaning of Utopia through available interpretive devices, none of them can give a precise answer.

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Some readers may ask why there is no discussion of the fantasy genre here. There have been many difficult ages, but ultimately our cities became locations of salvation, places to begin anew and learn from other surviving book-objects the ways we might not go astray [3].

Marin argues that Utopias tend to be useful indices of how un -Utopian our world really is, but that they can cripple our sense of historical awareness by providing us with safe, unreal no-place zones in which to play out our paltry fantasies his famous example of this phenomenon is Disneyland.


And what relevance does it have today? If you are someone invested in Utopian studies, then, you must read this book.

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This is very far from a liberal capitulation to the necessity of capitalism, however; it is quite the opposite, a rattling of the bars and an intense spiritual concentration and preparation for another stage which has not yet arrived.

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