The Happy Place That Exists Nowhere

Storey, John (2020) The Happy Place That Exists Nowhere. Critical Survey, 32 (3). pp. 33-44. ISSN 1752-2293

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Abstract

Contrary to dominant debates about Utopia, I do not think it matters whether Thomas More actually believed that ‘communism’ was the solution to social inequality and injustice; what I think is important is that the book raises the question of a different type of society. As I argue in the second part of my article, the power of Utopia, like all radical utopianism, derives not from the production of blueprints; rather, it comes from the stimulation of desire for a ‘happy place’, which can reflect negatively on, and produce discontent within, the here and now. Understood in this way, radical utopianism offers a form of resistance to dominant constructions of reality and our complicity, conscious and unconscious, with them.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 01-09-2020; issued 01-09-2020.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications
SWORD Depositor: Publication Router
Depositing User: Publication Router
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 15:04
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 15:08
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12356

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