In recent years...certain eminent contrarians - most notably Fredric Jameson, author of the seminal "Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (1991)...-have lamented the wholesale abandonment of such utopian ideas of the left as the abolition of property, the triumph of solidarity, and the end of racism and sexism....So a left-wing literature professor is whining that "solidarity" did not triumph, while "neoliberalism" has. The left-wing ideal has collapsed, so we should retreat into reading science fiction.
At this moment of neoliberal triumphalism, [Jameson, a professor of comparative literature at Duke] suggests, we should take [writers like Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Samuel R. Delany] seriously - even if their ideas are packaged inside lurid paperbacks.
Monday, November 21
Back to utopia "Can the antidote to today's neoliberal triumphalism be found in the pages of far-out science fiction?" By Joshua Glenn