Re-Imaging Utopia: Crises of Temporality in Robert ParkeHarrison’s The Architect’s Brother

Presenter: Steven Brown

“One of our most influential American philosophers, Stanley Cavell, titled one of his books, This New Yet Unapproachable America—and for good reason. America champions the new. Its ambition is indefatigable. But that goes without saying. What needs reconsideration is the unapproachable, i.e., the utopian idealizations on which America was founded. This agon between future and past leaves us with a crisis of temporality in regards to present possibilities of, and responsibilities between, self and place. The subject of my study then is the reconciliation of America’s opposing utopian visions. But unlike most studies of this kind which focus on the literary dichotomies inherent to American representations (nature/machine, pastoral/wilderness, local/manifest destiny), this essay analyzes the visual, specifically the photography in Robert ParkeHarrison’s book, The Architect’s Brother. ParkeHarrison’s re-imaging of the traditionally idyllic American landscape mediates those temporalities already mentioned by stressing the significance of Cavell’s “onward” imagination. The onwardness in ParkeHarrison’s photography allows us to witness new, progressive possibilities between nostalgia and futurism, memory and ambition. In that sense, ParkeHarrison’s work approaches America by re-imaging the impossible as pragmatic.”

Name of Photographer: Robert ParkeHarrison — website

Conference Date: 29 Oct-1 Nov 2009 – paper is currently unpublished in print, but requests for more information can be made by emailing Steven at:

Futurescapes: Space in Utopian and Science Fiction Discourses

Editor: Ralph Pordzik

Publication Info: Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009.

“This book testifies to the growing interest in the many spaces of utopia. It intends to ‘map out’ on utopian and science-fiction discourses some of the new and revisionist models of spatial analysis applied in Literary and Cultural Studies in recent years. The aim of the volume is to side-step the established generic binary of utopia and dystopia or science fiction and thus to open the analysis of utopian literature to new lines of inquiry. The essays collected here propose to think of utopias not so much as fictional texts about future change and transformation but as vital elements in a cultural process through which social, spatial and subjective identities are formed. Utopias can thus be read as textual systems implying a distinct spatial and temporal dimension; as ‘spatial practices’ that tend to naturalize a cultural and social construction – that of the ‘good life’, the radically improved welfare state, the Christian paradise, the counter-society, etc. – and make that representation operational by interpellating their readers in some determinate relation to their givenness as sites of political and individual improvement.
This volume is of interest for all scholars and students of literature who wish to explore the ways in which utopias of the past and recent present have circulated as media of cultural exchange and homogenization, as sites of cultural and linguistic appropriation and as foci for the spatial formation of national and regional identities in the English-speaking world.”

ISBN: 978-90-420-2602-5



Author/Screenwriter: Aleksandar Sarovic

“I’ve tried to write my book “Humanism” in a very simple language, however it still may be difficult for understanding to an average reader. That is the reason I’ve additionally created a story, which simply through a dialog, presents some of the most important characteristics of the system I have proposed. Taking into consideration that today’s people much more watch movies than read novels, I present it in a form of  screenplay.

Right now I am trying to find a director or producer for this movie. Until I succeed, by reading this screenplay you may get to know generally how a very developed society will look like in the future. Also, it is a comedy, so that you will have lots of fun reading it.”

Found online and Available for Download at: Website

Anarchism and Utopianism

Author: Laurence Davis

Editors: Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna

Publication Info: Manchester University Press of Anarchism and Utopianism

Anarchism and Utopianism

“This collection of original essays examines the relationship between
anarchism and utopianism, exploring the intersections and overlaps between
these two fields of study and providing novel perspectives for the analysis
of both. The book opens with an historical and philosophical survey of the
subject matter and goes on to examine antecedents of the anarchist literary
utopia; anti capitalism and the anarchist utopian literary imagination; free
love as an expression of anarchist politics and utopian desire; and
revolutionary practice. Contributors explore the creative interchange of
anarchism and utopianism in both theory and modern political practice;
debunk some widely-held myths about the inherent utopianism of anarchy;
uncover the anarchistic influences active in the history of utopian thought;
and provide fresh perspectives on contemporary academic and activist debates
about ecology, alternatives to capitalism, revolutionary theory and
practice, and the politics of art, gender and sexuality. Scholars in both
anarchist and utopian studies have for many years acknowledged a
relationship between these two areas, but this is the first time that the
historical and philosophical dimensions of the relationship have been
investigated as a primary focus for research, and its political significance
given full and detailed consideration.

Anarchism and Utopianism
Preface – Peter Marshall
Introduction – Laurence Davis
Part I Historical and philosophical overview
1. Anarchism and the dialectic of utopia – John P. Clark
Part II Antecedents of the anarchist literary utopia
2. Daoism as utopian or accommodationist: radical Daoism reexamined in light
of the Guodian Manuscripts – John A. Rapp
3. Diderot’s Supplément au voyage de Bougainville: steps towards an
anarchist utopia – Peter
G. Stillman
Part III Anti-capitalism and the anarchist utopian literary imagination
4. Everyone an artist: art, labour, anarchy, and utopia – Laurence Davis
5. Anarchist powers: B. Traven, Pierre Clastres, and the question of utopia
– Nicholas Spencer
6. Utopia, anarchism and the political implications of emotions – Gisela
7. Anarchy in the archives: notes from the ruins of Sydney and Melbourne –
Brian Greenspan
Part IV Free love: anarchist politics and utopian desire
8. Speaking desire: anarchism and free love as utopian performance in fin de
siècle Britain – Judy Greenway
9. Visions of the future: reproduction, revolution and regeneration in
American anarchist utopian fiction – Brigitte Koenig
10. Intimate fellows: utopia and chaos in the early post-Stonewall gay
liberation manifestos – Dominic Ording
Part V Rethinking revolutionary practice
11. Anarchism, utopianism and the politics of emancipation – Saul Newman
12. Anarchism and the politics of utopia – Ruth Kinna
13. ‘The space now possible’: anarchist education as utopian hope – Judith
14. Utopia in contemporary anarchism – Uri Gordon

“Eutopias and Dystopias of Science.”

Author: Lyman Tower Sargeant

Book Title: Imagining the Future: Utopia and Dystopia

Also found in: Numbers 25 and 26 of Arena Journal

Editors:  Andrew Milner, Matthew Ryan, and Robert Savage

Publication Info:  North Carlton, Vic, Australia: Arena Publications Association, 2006.  pp357-71

Translated as “Eutopias e Distopias da Ciência.” by Helvio G. Moraes. Morus: Utopia e renascimento, no. 4 (2007): 79-90.

ISBN: 0-958181-8-9

Many eutopian and dystopian works & thinkers are incorporated into this article – nice resource for science-fiction research.


Catalogue of the James J. Kopp Collection: Works by and about Edward Bellamy and American Utopian Literature

Author: James J. Kopp

Publication Info: Portland: Berberis Press, 2009

“The catalogue includes primary sources, studies of Bellamy and American utopian lit – and many fine reproductions of the covers of Bellamy’s works from around the world and other related illustrations, and typed out versions of inscriptions in many of the books signed by Bellamy family members, and the likes of Van Wyck Brooks, Ernest Callenbach, Robert Elliott, Edward Everett Hale, Vachel Lindsey, Arthur Morgan,  even Billy Sunday.”

ISBN: 978-0-61532251-3