14 June 2012

Barnita Bagchi (ed.)

The Politics of the (Im)Possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered

This volume brings together articles on utopia and dystopia in a breadth of disciplines—history, literature, gender studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, and Native American Studies.

Utopia and dystopia are modes and resonances present in all parts of the world, not just Europe and white North America. Equally, utopian and dystopian thought and practice are and have always been gendered. Utopia, memory and temporality often intersect in strange and surprising ways.

Three dimensions are central to the enterprise undertaken in this volume: 

  • The relationship between utopia/dystopia and time/memory
  • The focus on Europe and areas outside Europe at the same time
  • The gendered analysis of utopia/dystopia

Contributors to the volume include Miguel Abensour, Barnita Bagchi,  Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp, Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Rachel Foxley, Peter Kulchyski,  Modhumita Roy, Samita Sen, and Martine Spensky.

Barnita Bagchi teaches and researches Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She was previously a faculty member at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. She is an Executive Committee Member of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE).

Title: The Politics of the (Im)Possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered
Author(s): Barnita Bagchi (ed.)
isbn: 9788132107347
Price: £39.99
Publisher: 2012, New Delhi, London, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications