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Title Dreamworld and catastrophe : the passing of mass utopia in East and West / Susan Buck-Morss.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2000.


 Internet  Electronic Book    AVAILABLE
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 368 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-351) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject History, Modern -- 20th century -- Historiography.
History, Modern -- 20th century -- Philosophy.
Popular culture -- History -- 20th century.
Westliche Welt
Genre Electronic books.
Contents I. Dreamworlds of democracy. The political frame. Mass sovereignty and the image of the enemy. Hypertext -- II. Dreamworlds of history. On time. Revolutionary time. Time fragments -- III. Dreamworlds of mass culture. Common sense. The ecological circuit. Shock. The nature of machines. Culture for the masses. The masses. Aesthetics of the surface. A cosmopolitan project. Dream and awakening. King Kong and the palace of the Soviets. Domestic space. Awakening -- IV. Afterward. Lived time/historical time. Losing the enemy. One world. Knowledge production in a global economy.
Summary "This book offers a reevaluation of the twentieth century. It argues that the disintegration of Soviet socialism marked the abandonment of the idea of mass utopia by both sides in the Cold War. One of the casualties of the end of that war was the shattering of dreamworlds of industrialization, mass culture, and historical progress that gave meaning to collective social life in East and West. Dreamworld and Catastrophe is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Its pictorial narrative rescues historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened with oblivion, and challenges common conceptions of what the century was about. The book is written for the general public but will be of special interest to critical theorists, historians, philosophers, and artists."--Jacket.
Other Title Print version: Buck-Morss, Susan. Dreamworld and catastrophe. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2000 0262024640