Nowhere is Perfect : French and Francophone Utopias/Dystopias (Paperback)

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Utopian imaginings undoubtedly satisfy a desire for fantasy and escape. At the same time, however, they are generally anchored in the real world, whose shortcomings they criticise, implicitly or explicitly, and for which they purport to offer solutions. The creation of perfect imaginary worlds therefore serves as a means of acting on the imperfect present. This is a particular feature of French Utopian writing, whose rich tradition continues to grow, inspiring authors from all parts of the Francophone world. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, the utopian--and dystopian--imaginings which constitute that tradition find expression through all genres and modes of creation. What they have in common, though, is a dissatisfaction with contemporary society and a determination to explore posssibilities for a better life. A non-existent place the Utopia may be. But it is precisely because there is nowhere perfect that we continue to seek the perfect nowhere.


Publisher Univ of Delaware Pr
Mfg Part# 9780874130485
SKU 208087679
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0874130484
Release Date 6/30/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0252
Publisher University of Delaware Press
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