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The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

Literary essay


by
Peter Stillman (Editor), Laurence Davis (Editor) and Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction author)

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Language: English

The Dispossessed has been described by political thinker Andre Gorz as ‘The most striking description I know of the seductions-and snares-of self-managed communist or, in other words, anarchist society.’ To date, however, the radical social, cultural, and political ramifications of Le Guin’s multiple award-winning novel remain woefully under explored. Editors Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman right this state of affairs in the first ever collection of original essays devoted to Le Guin’s novel. Among the topics covered in this wide-ranging, international and interdisciplinary collection are the anarchist, ecological, post-consumerist, temporal, revolutionary, and open-ended utopian politics of The Dispossessed. The book concludes with an essay by Le Guin written specially for this volume, in which she reassesses the novel in light of the development of her own thinking over the past 30 years.

The Dispossessed has been described by political thinker Andre Gorz as ‘The most striking description I know of the seductions-and snares-of self-managed communist or, in other words, anarchist society.’ To date, however, the radical social, cultural, and political ramifications of Le Guin’s multiple award-winning novel remain woefully under explored. Editors Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman right this state of affairs in the first ever collection of original essays… (more)

The Dispossessed has been described by political thinker Andre Gorz as ‘The most striking description I know of the seductions-and snares-of self-managed communist or, in other words, anarchist society.’ To date, however, the radical social, cultural, and political ramifications of Le Guin’s multiple award-winning novel remain woefully under explored. Editors Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman right this state of affairs in the first ever collection of original essays devoted to Le Guin’s novel. Among the topics covered in this wide-ranging, international and interdisciplinary collection are the anarchist, ecological, post-consumerist, temporal, revolutionary, and open-ended utopian politics of The Dispossessed. The book concludes with an essay by Le Guin written specially for this volume, in which she reassesses the novel in light of the development of her own thinking over the past 30 years.

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