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Tenses of imagination: Raymond Williams on science fiction, utopia and dystopia

Tenses of imagination: Raymond Williams on science fiction, utopia and dystopia

Williams, Raymond; Milner, Andrew

This volume brings together a complete collection of William's critical essays on science fiction and futurology, utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, 'The Volunteers' and 'The Fight for Manod'. Raymond Williams was an enormously influential figure in late twentieth-century intellectual life as a novelist, playwright and critic, the British Sartre, as The Times put it. He was a central inspiration for the early British New Left and a close intellectual supporter of Plaid Cymru. He is widely acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of cultural studies, who established cultural materialism as a new paradigm for work in both literary and cultural studies. There is a substantial secondary literature on Williams, which treats his life and work in each of these respects. But none of it makes much of his enduring contribution to utopian studies and science fiction studies. This volume brings together a complete collection of Williams's critical essays on science fiction and futurology, utopia, and dystopia, in literature, film, television, and politics, and with extracts from his two future novels, The Volunteers (1978) and The Fight for Manod (1979). Both the collection as a whole and the individual readings are accompanied by introductory essays written by Andrew Milner

Book. English.
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Published Bern; Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010

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Details

Statement of responsibility: Andrew Milner
ISBN: 3039118269, 9783039118267
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: x, 243 p.
Series: Ralahine utopian studies ; 7
Subject: Dystopias in literature.; English fiction 20th century History and criticism.; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Performing Arts; Literature History and criticism Theory, etc.; Science fiction, English History and criticism.; Films, cinema; Utopias in literature.; Politics & government; Criticism Great Britain History 20th century.
Series Title: Ralahine utopian studies ; 7.

Contents

  1. Space Anthropology, Utopia, and Putropia.
  2. Left Culturalism
  3. Science Fiction (1956) - William Morris (1958) - George Orwell (1958) - The Future Story as Social Formula Novel (1961) - Terror (1971) - Texts in their Contexts.
  4. Cultural Materialism
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1971) - The City and the Future (1973) - On Orwell
  6. An Interview (1977) - On Morris
  7. An Interview (1977) - Learning from Le Guin.
  8. (Anti-) Postmodernism
  9. Utopia and Science Fiction (1978) - The Tenses of Imagination (1978) - Beyond Actually Existing Socialism (1980) - Resources for a Journey of Hope (1983) - Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984 (1984) - The Future Novels
  10. From The Volunteers (1978) - From The Fight for Manod (1979).

Author note

The Editor: Andrew Milner is Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His previous publications include Postmodern Conditions (1990), Cultural Materialism (1993), Class (1999), Re-Imagining Cultural Studies (2002), Contemporary Cultural Theory (2002), Literature, Culture and Society (2005), Imagining the Future (2006) and Demanding the Impossible (2008).

Reviews

«With the twenty-first-century reader very much in mind, Andrew Milner's selection of texts offers a new, 'alternative' Raymond Williams - the critic and occasional author of science fiction, the futurologist, the wary, self-questioning utopian thinker for whom intellectual pessimism is a lazy response and never the last word.» (Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading)
«The future was the ultimate stake in all Raymond Williams's thinking and writing, as Andrew Milner simply and powerfully shows us now, by assembling a volume of writings on science fiction and utopianism that turns out to be a very substantial, wide-ranging reader in Williams's work as a whole. The defining importance of 'the sense of the future', as he called it, the future as the essential discipline of political and moral imagination, is the lesson of this very welcome collection.» (Professor Francis Mulhern, Middlesex University)
«Milner's timely collection demonstrates the relevance of Williams' work as a theorist of the subjunctive at a moment when, as Slavoj Zizek claimed recently, the 'only true question' is whether global capitalism contains 'antagonisms strong enough to prevent its indefinite reproduction'.» (Ben Harker, New Formations)