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Laurence Davis & Peter Stillman 
The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed 

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The Dispossessed has been described by political thinker Andre Gorz as ‘The most striking description I know of the seductions—and snares—of self-managed communist or, in other words, anarchist society.’ To date, however, the radical social, cultural, and political ramifications of Le Guin’s multiple award-winning novel remain woefully under explored. Editors Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman right this state of affairs in the first ever collection of original essays devoted to Le Guin’s novel. Among the topics covered in this wide-ranging, international and interdisciplinary collection are the anarchist, ecological, post-consumerist, temporal, revolutionary, and open-ended utopian politics of The Dispossessed. The book concludes with an essay by Le Guin written specially for this volume, in which she reassesses the novel in light of the development of her own thinking over the past 30 years.
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Table of Content


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Open-ended Utopian Politics

Chapter 3 The Dynamic and Revolutionary Utopia of Ursula K. Le Guin

Chapter 4 Worlds Apart: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Possibility of Method

Chapter 5 Post-Consumerist Politics

Chapter 6 The Dispossessed as Ecological Political Theory

Chapter 7 Ursula K. Le Guin, Herbert Marcuse, and the Fate of Utopia in the Postmodern

Chapter 8 The Alien Comes Home: Getting Past the Twin Planets of Possession and Austerity in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

Chapter 9 Anarchist Politics

Chapter 10 Individual and Community in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

Chapter 11 The Need for Walls: Privacy, Community, and Freedom in The Dispossessed

Chapter 12 Breaching Invisible Walls: Individual Anarchy in The Dispossessed

Chapter 13 Temporal Politics

Chapter 14 Time and the Measure of the Political Animal

Chapter 15 Fulfillment as a Function of Time, or the Ambiguous Process of Utopia

Chapter 16 Science and Politics in The Dispossessed: Le Guin and the Science Wars

Chapter 17 Revolutionary Politics

Chapter 18 The Gap in the Wall: Partnership, Physics, and Politics in The Dispossessed

Chapter 19 From Ambiguity to Self-Reflexivity: Revolutionizing Fantasy Space

Chapter 20 Future Conditional or Future Perfect? The Dispossessed and Permanent Revolution

Chapter 21 Open-ended Utopian Politics

Chapter 22 Ambiguous Choices: Skepticism as a Grounding for Utopia

Chapter 23 Empty Hands: Communication, Pluralism and Community in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

Chapter 24 A Response, by Ansible, from Tau Ceti

Chapter 25 Further Reading

About the author

Laurence Davis holds a doctoral degree in politics from Oxford University, and has taught political theory at Oxford University and University College Dublin. Peter Stillman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Vassar College.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 352 ● ISBN 9780739158203 ● File size 1.0 MB ● Editor Laurence Davis & Peter Stillman ● Publisher Lexington Books ● Country US ● Published 2005 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 2780254 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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