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

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Laurence Davis, Peter G. Stillman
Lexington Books, 2005 - 324
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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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The Dynamic and Revolutionary Utopia of Ursula K Le Guin
3
Worlds Apart Ursula K Le Guin and the Possibility of Method
37
POSTCONSUMERIST POLITICS
53
The Dispossessed as Ecological Political Theory
55
Ursula K Le Guin Herbert Marcuse and the Fate of Utopia in the Postmodern
75
The Alien Comes Home Getting Past the Twin Planets of Possession and Austerity in Le Guins The Dispossessed
95
ANARCHIST POLITICS
109
Individual and Community in Le Guins The Dispossessed
111
Science and Politics in The Dispossessed Le Guin and the Science Wars
195
REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS
217
The Gap in the Wall Partnership Physics and Politics in The Dispossessed
219
From Ambiguity to SelfReflexivity Revolutionizing Fantasy Space
233
Future Conditional or Future Perfect? The Dispossessed and Permanent Revolution
249
OPENENDED UTOPIAN POLITICS
263
Ambiguous Choices Skepticism as a Grounding for Utopia
265
Empty Hands Communication Pluralism and Community in Ursula K Le Guins The Dispossessed
283

The Need for Walls Privacy Community and Freedom in The Dispossessed
129
Breaching Invisible Walls Individual Anarchy in The Dispossessed
149
TEMPORAL POLITICS
165
Time and the Measure of the Political Animal
167
Fulfillment as a Function of Time or the Ambiguous Process of Utopia
181
A Response by Ansible from Tau Ceti
305
Further Reading on The Dispossessed
309
Index
311
About the Contributors
321
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Laurence Davis holds a doctoral degree in politics from Oxford University, and has taught political theory at Oxford University and University College Dublin. Peter Stillman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Vassar College.

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