Hardcover, 431 pagesRead September 2013
Borrowed from the library
by Fredric Jameson
Not that it was useless, though; there are a lot of concepts here about utopia that will be worth revisiting for me: that the utopia actually synthesizes the pleasure principle of fantasy with the reality principle of sf (74), that it's often impossible to imagine that the changes we seek in society could actually happen* (23, 86, 97, 118), that utopian change is often compressed into a single apocalypse because it's difficult for narrative to deal with generational time (187), that history does not end but we demand ending of it anyway (283), and that all of this thinking is not necessarily fanciful utopian fiction wants us to contemplate "real" politics just as much as sf wants us to contemplate "real" science (410).
So maybe more useful than I gave him credit for-- I am pretty sure I could build a whole essay out of any one of those ideas, and I look forward to coming back to Jameson and working with his concepts in the future.
* After all, it was Jameson who kind of once remarked that "it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism."