A Meditation on the Impossible
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In such recent books as Archaeologies of the Future and Valences of the Dialectic, Fredric Jameson has argued that utopia does not embody an alternative state or a future condition so much as it helps us grasp the limits of our images of future alternatives. That is, rather than seeing utopia as a picture of a possible social formation, Jameson’s utopia is a meditation on the impossible. In this view, utopian discourse becomes a key feature of critical theory as a response to a formal and political crisis in representation, a crisis that might otherwise condemn us to an anti-utopian acceptance of the status quo. Utopian discourse as a meditation on the impossible discloses new ways of imagining the world system.
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