Hope and the Longing for Utopia

Futures and Illusions in Theology and Narrative
James Clarke & Co Ltd (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 26. Februar 2015
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  • 260 Seiten
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At present the battle over who defines our future is being waged most publicly by secular and religious fundamentalists. 'Hope and the Longing for Utopia' offers an alternative position, disclosing a conceptual path toward potential worlds that resist a limited view of human potential and the gift of religion. In addition to outlining the value of embracing unknown potentialities, these twelve interdisciplinary essays explore why it has become crucial that we commit to hoping for values that resist traditional ideological commitments. Contextualized by contemporary writing on utopia, and drawing from a wealth of times and cultures ranging from Calvin's Geneva to early twentieth-century Japanese children's stories to Hollywood cinema, these essays cumulatively disclose the fundamental importance of resisting tantalizing certainties while considering the importance of the unknown and unknowable. Beginning with a set of four essays outlining the importance of hope and utopia as diagnostic concepts, and following with four concrete examples, the collection ends with a set of essays that provide theological speculations on the need to embrace finitude and limitations in a world increasingly enframed by secularizing impulses. Overall, this book discloses how hope and utopia illuminate ways to think past simplified wishes for the future.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge
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  • Großbritannien
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978-0-227-90390-2 (9780227903902)
0-227-90390-0 (0227903900)
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Daniel Boscaljon is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. He has doctorates in Religious Studies, focusing on secularism and modern religious thought, and in English, focusing on nineteenth-century American literature. He is the author of 'Vigilant Faith: Passionate Agnosticism in a Secular World' (2013) and editor of 'Resisting the Place of Belonging' (2013).
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Information
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Biographical Information for Contributors
  • Introduction: The Value of Cultivating Longing in a Secularized World
  • Part 1. Relating Hope and Utopia
  • 1. Utopia and Narrative: Theology between the Boundaries of Overhumanization and Hypertheism
  • 2. Hope, Hatred, and the Ambiguities of Utopic Longing
  • 3. What Means Utopia to Us? Reconsidering More's Message
  • 4. Desiring Utopian Subjects: Collectivity and Its Discontents
  • Part 2. Historical and Literary Utopian Visions
  • 5. John Calvin, Geneva, and Godly Patriarchs: Hope and Reality in the Creation of a Christian Utopia
  • 6. Fruit, Fossils, Footprints: Cathecting Utopia in the Work of Miyazawa Kenji
  • 7. Walter Kerr's Utopia of Re-Creation
  • 8. Reframed Hope: Transcendent Technology and Spiraling Subjectivity in Dystopian Cinema
  • Part 3. The Hope for Atheism as a Religious Utopia
  • 9. Who We Are Is God's Dying: The Real Presence of God's Absence in Bonhoeffer's Prison Poems
  • 10. TechnoTopia: The Convergence of Art and Technology in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
  • 11. The Coming Community: Agamben, Benjamin, and the Hope for a Materialist-Messianic Redemption of the Present
  • 12. No-Places for Sacred Communities: Hope and the Failure of Fight Club
  • Back Cover

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