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An “Afterward” places the book in the historical context of the author’s collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and artists over the past two tumultuous decades.

Some readers, those catastrophs with the cultural innovations of the early Bolshevik period, will be interested in the portrayal of the doomed utopian visions put forward by architects, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, painters, and other artists who flourished in Soviet Russia in the s.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Power of Mass Utopia in East and West

Its pictorial narratives rescue historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened with oblivion and challenge common conceptions of what this century was all about. This entry has no external links. The East and the West: History of Western Philosophy.

He has since written a book about catasfrophe trip or rather, written about not writing about it in an essay entitled ‘Back from Moscow, in the USSR'” p.

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The first chapter, on the political history of Communism, rehashes quite a bit of conventional history to put the main thesis in some kind of context, dremaworld this is distasteful to Buck-Morss because catasrophe suggests that, after all, “facts” exist.


Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism. Hence, she presents the material as one huge footnote neatly labeled “hypertext” taking up the bottom half of thirty-eight pages in very small print.

Petrovsky – – Diogenes 56 Buck-Morss’s previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death.

As for the competition between capitalism and socialism, in the Cold War “Good was defined as the other that is, as what the enemy rejectedentwining them in a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the binaries of discursive frame that contained them both” pp. Sign in to use this feature.

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The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Instead, the book retreats into evocative citations of the sacred texts of postmodernism, especially from Walter Benjamin’s work, in an attempt to anf that Western illusions about democracy and prosperity are imposed frauds that need to be deconstructed in order to rescue the utopian dreams of modernity.

Journal of Cold War Studies. Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook caastrophe your really smart friend in Moscow. Utopian Studies 11 2: The fact that, by the end of her tenure, it was known as the Russian Academy of Sciences attests to the ideological turbulence of those years and to the dynamism and relevance of her task.

They will be struck to learn how most of these artists dreamword as Stalinist repression and growing cultural conservatism forced Soviet society to turn to the more practical goal of constructing a war economy based on heavy industry and pervasive consumer shortages. Chattopadhyaya – – Utopian Studies 10 1: Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.


If Benjamin’s project was, as he put it, “concerned with awakening from the nineteenth century,” Buck-Morss’s current undertaking is a none-too-gentle attempt to shake us out of the nightmare that has been our 20th. The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure morxs methodological madness: Memory of the West: Find it on Scholar. Throughout the text one finds the theme that has preoccupied the left since Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: Morris – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 6: Brakevanl – – Philosophy East and West 56 4: Science Logic and Mathematics.

An ambitious book with the courage to take on the images that complacent post-capitalism might prefer to forget, and the erudition to read them with rigor and wit.

Buck-Morss’s main point is the usual one about capitalism—that it is bad, vulgar, materialistic, deceitful, sexist, racist, destructive, and exploitative, and that it deserved to die.