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Saskia Fürst, Yvonne Kaisinger, Ralph Poole (Eds.)
US American Expressions of Utopian and Dystopian Visions
Reihe: American Studies in Austria
Bd. 17, 2017, 216 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90931-2

The collection takes stock of current discourses in American studies on the political valence of American utopias, be they as religious diasporas or as socialist experiments, fantastic or realist, successful or failed. The essays of the book take into account the spatiality of utopias, especially in their visionary scope, analyze currents in literary utopias, and finally take a look at dystopian visions in literature. This volume strives to keep alive the long tradition of writers, artists, and scholars who warned against imminent disasters and envisioned ways to counter such ruinous bearings.

Saskia Fürst, Yvonne Kaisinger, and Ralph Poole are affiliated with the University of Salzburg.

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