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Type: Book (edited)
Title: Nowhere is perfect: French and Francophone utopias/dystopias
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report no.: Monash Romance Studies
ISBN: 9780874130485
Editor: West-Sooby, J.
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John West-Sooby
Abstract: "Utopian imaginings undoubtedly satisfy a desire for fantasy and escape. At the same time, however, they are generally anchored in the real world, whose shortcomings they criticise, implicity or explicity, and for which they purport to offer solutions. The creation of perfect imaginary worlds therefore serves as a means of acting on the imperfect present. This is a particular feature of French utopian writing, whose rich tradition continues to grow, inspiring authors from all parts of the Francophone world. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, the utopian - and dystopian - imaginings which constitute that tradition find expression through all genres and modes of creation. What they have in common, though, is a dissatisfaction with contemporary society and a determination to explore possibilities for a better life."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents: * Nowhere is perfect /​ John West-Sooby * I. The Politics of Utopia * Montesquieu's anti-utopian political theory /​ Philip Gerrans * Expiation in the Antipodes: A Utopian Endeavour for the French? /​ Jacqueline Dutton * Biribi: histoire d'un non-lieu de l'imaginaire francais /​ Dominique Kalifa * Philippe Henriot's Utopia: Propaganda and the Last Days of Vichy /​ Kay Chadwick * II. Utopia and Ideology in the Nineteenth Century * Fourier, Gautier, Banville: Utopisme et textes litteraires /​ Peter Hambly * Un poeme utopique de Baudelaire: "J'aime le souvenir" /​ Peter Hambly * Mecenes de l'utopie fin-de-siecle: le cas de Paul Adam et d'Emile Zola /​ Jean Fornasiero * Regeneration: Time, Place and Gender in Fin-de-Siecle Utopian Narrative /​ Penny Boumelha * III. Utopia and the Modern Novel * Escaping from Gide's Dystopia /​ William Jennings * The New Frontier: the Human Utopia of Romain Gary /​ David Bellos * The Competing Caribbean Utopias of Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau /​ Peter Poiana * Utopia and Dystopia in Gisele Pineau's L'Exil selon Julia and Fleur de Barbarie /​ Bonnie Thomas * IV. The Utopia/​Dystopia of Modern Life * "Du verre, rien que du verre": Negotiating Utopia in Playtime /​ Ben McCann * La "maison de verre": utopies corporelles et arts de guerir dans Le Protocole compassionnel d'Herve Guibert /​ Francoise Grauby * L'Invention du Troisieme Peuple: the Utopian Vision of Philippe Grandrieux's Dystopias /​ Greg Hainge * "Tu reves?": utopies, dystopies et heterotopies dans quelques ecrits beurs /​ Helene Jaccomard.
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