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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. Bkck dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia. 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. One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its catatsrophe.

As the century closes, this dream is being left behind; the belief motss industrial modernization can bring about the good society by overcoming material scarcity for all has been challenged by the disintegration of European socialism, capitalist restructuring, and ecological constraints. Sign in Create an account. Hope in Blasted Landscapes.

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No keywords specified fix it. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. If Benjamin’s project was, as he put it, “concerned with awakening from the nineteenth century,” Buck-Morss’s current undertaking is a none-too-gentle attempt to shake us out of the nightmare that has been catashrophe 20th. Essays in East-West Philosophy.

Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing. The Contemporaneity of Forgotten Jewish Thinkers. Susan Buck-Morss Dreamworld and Catastrophe.

This entry has no external links. 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.


The book is in four parts.

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

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Journal of Cold War Studies. History of Western Philosophy. In Search of a New Utopia. She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses. On the contrary, “Industrial modernity in both really existing forms, capitalist and socialist, created a hostile environment for human life, precisely the opposite of the dream of modernity” p.

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Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism. Find it on Scholar. Utopian Studies 11 2: 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.

Hence, she presents the material as one huge footnote neatly labeled “hypertext” taking up the bottom half of thirty-eight pages in very small print.

Tessa Morris-Suzuki – – Thesis Eleven 86 1: Journal of Cold War Studies 6. They will be struck to learn how most of these artists suffered as Stalinist repression and growing cultural conservatism forced Soviet society to turn to the more practical goal of constructing a war economy based on heavy industry and pervasive consumer shortages. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Stressing the similarities between the East and West and using the end of the Cold War as her point of departure, she examines both extremes of mass utopia, dreamworld and catastrophe.


Why, then, did the proposed remedy, socialism, fail? Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: Surely the Western version of modernity could not have triumphed.

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Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies nuck certain measure of methodological madness: The first chapter, on the political history of Communism, rehashes quite a bit of conventional history to put the main thesis in some kind of context, but this is distasteful to Buck-Morss because it suggests that, after all, “facts” exist.

The East and the West: 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. Man East and West: Nor is the solipsism and worship of the usual French intellectuals always enlightening. Sociology, Ideology, and Utopia: Instead, the book retreats into evocative citations of the sacred texts drramworld 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.

The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: