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Alternative Worlds

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In an attempt to counteract the doom and gloom of the economic crisis and the politicians' overused dictum that 'there is no alte... Weiterlesen
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In an attempt to counteract the doom and gloom of the economic crisis and the politicians' overused dictum that 'there is no alternative', this interdisciplinary collection presents a number of alternative worlds that were conceived over the course of the last century. While change at the macro level was the focus of most of the ideological struggles of the twentieth century, the real impetus for change came from the blue-sky thinking of scientists, engineers, architects, sociologists, planners and writers, all of whom imagined alternatives to the status quo.
Following a roughly chronological order from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present, this book explores the dreams, plans and hopes as well as the nightmares and fears that are an integral part of alternative thinking in the Western hemisphere. The alternative worlds at the centre of the individual essays can each be seen as crucial to the history of the past one hundred years. While these alternative worlds reflect their particular cultural context, they also inform historical developments in a wider sense and continue to resonate in the present.


Ricarda Vidal is a lecturer, curator and translator and teaches cultural studies at King's College London. Her monograph Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms (Peter Lang Oxford, 2013) examines the fascination with speed and the car crash in cultural production. She has also co-edited a collection of essays on contemporary approaches to death, The Power of Death (2014). She is currently exploring the impact of macro-engineering on the cultural imagination as well as leading a research and exhibition project into the theory and practice of translation within the fine arts and literature, 'Translation Games'.
Ingo Cornils is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Leeds. He has published widely on German science fiction, the German student movement and Hermann Hesse. Recent volumes include Memories of 1968: International Perspectives (2010, with Sarah Waters), A Companion to the Works of Hermann Hesse (2009) and Baader-Meinhof Returns: History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism (2008, with Gerrit-Jan Berendse). He is currently writing a monograph on the construction of '1968' in Germany.


Contents: Ricarda Vidal: Atlantropa: One of the Missed Opportunities of the Future - Daniel Garcia-Castellanos/Ricarda Vidal: Alternative Mediterraneans Six Million Years Ago: A Model for the Future? - Philip E. Steinberg/Elizabeth A. Nyman/Mauro J. Caraccioli: Atlas Swam: Freedom, Capital and Floating Sovereignties in the Seasteading Vision - Patricia Silva McNeill: The Last 'City of the Future': Brasília and its Representation in Literature and Film - Elena Solomides: The Post-War High-Rise: Promise of an Alternative World - Christopher Daley: 'The landscape is coded': Visual Culture and the Alternative Worlds of J.G. Ballard's Early Fiction - Maya Oppenheimer: Designed Surfaces and the Utopics of Rejuvenation - Boukje Cnossen: The Alternative World of Michel Houellebecq - Susanne Kord: From the American Myth to the American Dream: Alternative Worlds in Recent Hollywood Westerns - Marjolaine Ryley: Growing up in the New Age: A Journey into Wonderland? - Peter Dickens: Alternative Worlds in the Cosmos - Ingo Cornils: Between Bauhaus and Bügeleisen: The Iconic Style of Raumpatrouille (1966) - Rachel Steward: Blue Sky Thinking in a Post-Astronautic Present.


Titel: Alternative Worlds
Untertitel: Blue-Sky Thinking since 1900
EAN: 9783035397994
ISBN: 978-3-0353-9799-4
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissensc
Genre: Diverses
Veröffentlichung: 22.12.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 17.3 MB