H-Utopia, like the 25-year-old Society for Utopian Studies, is devoted to discussion of utopianism in all its forms, from literary expression to policy analysis to architectural criticism to activism. Our focus is on the forms, contents, and influence of utopian/dystopian thinking.
At the December Roundtable, I was asked about recent nonfiction of importance. Given the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of Utopian Studies, this question is near impossible to answer, but here are my thoughts.
There are two recent books by major scholars in the field:
I was asked about recently read utopias of interest/importance.
Octovia E. Butler's "Childfinder," which was to be included in the never published Last Dangerous Visions, has been available online but is now available in a limited edition version of her Unexpected Stories. Subterranean Press, 2020.77-93. The volume also includes her "A Necessary Being," a Foreword by Nisi Shawl and an Afterword by Merrilee Heifetz.
At Friday’s roundtable, Brian Greenspan asked me a question about little known works of interest. I blanked at the time, but I did a little looking and sent him a first response Saturday. Further reflection made me realize that the problem is quite complex. My first inclination was that the books I choose to keep rather than donate to the Penn State Arthur O. Lewis Utopia Collection would be a place to start, but then I have to find them in my collection, which will take time.
I want to thank everyone who attended the roundtable yesterday. I wasn't able to read all the chat messages but saw many very briefly while trying concentrate on what was being said. So if any one has comments, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
I really missed being in a room with an audience where I could see faces and make eye contact.
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