Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West

Dreamworld and Catastrophe The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept Susan Buck Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment

  • Title: Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West
  • Author: Susan Buck-Morss
  • ISBN: 9780262523318
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia As the century closes, this dream is being left behind the belief that industrial moDeveloping the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia As the century closes, this dream is being left behind the belief that industrial modernization can bring about the good society by overcoming material scarcity for all has been challenged by the disintegration of European socialism, capitalist restructuring, and ecological constraints The larger social vision has given way to private dreams of material happiness and to political cynicism.Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses Stressing the similarities between the East and West and using the end of the Cold War as her point of departure, she examines both extremes of mass utopia, dreamworld and catastrophe.The book is in four parts Dreamworlds of Democracy asks whether collective sovereignty can ever be democratic Dreamworlds of History calls for a rethinking of revolution by political and artistic avant gardes Dreamworlds of Mass Culture explores the affinities between mass culture s socialist and capitalist forms An Afterward places the book in the historical context of the author s collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and artists over the past two tumultuous decades The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past Its pictorial narratives rescue historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened with oblivion and challenge common conceptions of what this century was all about.

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    About “Susan Buck-Morss”

    1. Susan Buck-Morss

      Susan Buck Morss is an American philosopher and intellectual historian She is currently Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center.

    737 thoughts on “Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West”

    1. I'm re-reading this right now, and I wish I could give it a 6th star. Its basically about the profound but overlooked commonalities (politically, economically, culturally, etc.) between the empires on either side of the Cold War.


    2. I loved the essay version of this, and it has some great stuff in it. But the crudity and abstraction of the model for explaining *everything* about the Cold War and the confrontation between socialism and capitalism, the "plague on both your houses" mentality, and above all her utter utter obliviousness to colonialism, which leads her to ignore the fact that the Cold War was actually fought neither in the US nor the USSR nor in Europe but in the rest of the world, leading her to bizarre, comple [...]


    3. In the fourth chapter of the book, Susan Buck-Morss, an American follower of the Frankfurt School's first generation, shows how technologies enabled the emergence of masses in the US and the USSR in the first half of the 20th century. Buck-Morss demonstrates similarities between American and Societ mass culture, making an individualistic/collective difference to be less significant. From the carnival to the show and finally to the cinema masses became more passive and detached from real experien [...]


    4. Beautifully/poetically written while still being academically informative and insightful. Some very moving intimate portrayals of the impact of mass planning in the Soviet Union and its indoctrination of children.



    5. Masterfully handles a range of subjects too broad and too ambitious to even summarize here. Incredibly insightful.


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