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Cabinet 18: Fictional States

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ISBN: 1932698140
Издательство: Cabinet
Год издания: 2006
Страниц: 112
Book DescriptionFrom the perfectly organized island nation of Sir Thomas More's Utopia to the idealized mountain stronghold of Eldorado visited by the naive hero of Voltaire's Candide , the idea of the fictional state--utopian or dystopian, satirical or idealistic--has a long and distinguished pedigree in literature and philosophy. The issues explored by these classic imaginings--including questions of governmental organization, economic mechanisms, social policy, and cultural norms--are just as vital today as in the past, and continue to give rise to new alternative states, nations, and principalities inspired equally by political dissent and artistic fancy. Journeying in this expanded landscape of imaginary municipalities--with its unorthodox histories, ersatz bureaucratic apparatuses, do-it-yourself credentials, and fantasy topographies-- Cabinet no. 18 features William Bryk on the ephemera of fictional states, George Pendle on the socio-political trajectory of...