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Utopias of One

Joshua Kotin


This book is a new account of utopian writing. It examines how eight writers—Henry David Thoreau, W. E. B. Du Bois, Osip and Nadezhda Mandel'shtam, Anna Akhmatova, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and J. H. Prynne—construct utopias of one within and against modernity's two large-scale attempts to harmonize individual and collective interests: liberalism and communism. The book begins in the United States between the buildup to the Civil War and the end of Jim Crow; continues in the Soviet Union between Stalinism and the late Soviet period; and concludes in England and the United States between Wor ... More

Keywords: utopian writing, aesthetic difficulty, personal autonomy, complicity, dissent, liberalism, communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196541
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Kotin, author
Princeton University