Archaeologies of the Future by Fredric Jameson The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute Critical Theory and Science Fiction by Carl Howard. Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. Verso Books, ISBN Pp. Reviewed. ARCHAEOLOGIES. OF THE FUTURE. The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. FREDRIC JAMESON. VERSO. London • New York.

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Nov 20, Joe rated it really liked it. But Archaeologies of the Future is so much more than that. Le Guin, Samuel R.

Rachel CordascoFriday: We can never go home — even arvheologies that home has yet to exist [4]. Facebook Google Twitter Print Email. In the end, this text offers something of a survey course in both utopian ideology and science fiction, while using both notions as effective foils for asking deeper questions about the true nature of our existence and the possible outcomes for our current techno-lusting culture of late-late-capitalism. While Jameson considers some novels, such as Always Coming Homeas Utopian, others are considered anti-Utopian due to what he refers to as her “mystical Taoism.

All in all, the book is quite well written although at times it requires a certain degree of specialized vernacular to wade through some of the more complex terms and theories.

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For Jameson, Utopia is profoundly a political concept, and it’s a concept central to our imagining of what the future may look like. For more information, see our about tje.


Lovers of science fiction will appreciate not just the thoughtful discussion here, but also the depth of knowledge that Jameson analysis demonstrates.

Sarah Ongenaert rated it really liked it May 11, In the introduction to this work, Jameson discusses the fall of communism as it relates to the drive for utopia in the culture of late-capitalism, where he sees the end of the Cold War as an indicator of the lack of resistance to Western-capitalist models of utopia.

The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of otherness – alien life and alien worlds – and a study of the works of Philip K. A non-apologetist review of the science fiction genre through the eyes of America’s leading postmodernist thinker. The book is difficult to read because the ideas are deeply explored, original and counter-intuitive in many cases.

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Paperbackpages. Here he also looks at the ways in which science fiction acts to try and warn us what might happen if we choose to follow the wrong path to utopia.

But if you can forgive the overuse of German phrases with no English equivalent this serves as a really good primer to some very exciting sci-fi!

Holy fuck Steph Curry is killing it. Expect to learn from this book and don’t expect him to enshrine SF into the Western Canon but rather to provide you with an understanding of the zeitgeist of the history of the genre and ourselves.

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed. What is the difference between utopia and enlightenment? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. And in the context of Adcheologies studies, I imagine it all kind of makes sense, but the problem is that it really does seem like the science fiction and anti-utopian are just welded on here fredri the second part which, unfortunately, is mostly just rehashing the same things from earlier in the book.


In doing so, Jameson makes new connections and offers new interpretations of science fiction texts. Books by Fredric Jameson.

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Preview — Archaeologies of the Future by Fredric Jameson. Oct 10, Buell rated it it was amazing. Hameson I guess I should be more accepting of that, but really he’s all over the place.

Are not all worlds perfect at the time of their birth? In this discussion I would like to focus primarily on the first section of the book since the second part acts less like a completed whole and more like a collection of afterthoughts. Read partially for school. As one digs deeper into the strata of historical notions and understandings of the possible future acheologiesdo they not also see the danger inherent in suggesting that permeable, translucent and explosive?