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Utopia Seminar

A Reader
The School of Walls and Space
Copenhagen
2010
U - topia
No place

Eu - topia
Good place

Ude - topia
Never place

Hetero - topia
Other space

Kaka - topia
Shit place

Dys - topia
Bad place

U - chronia
No time

Eu - chronia
Good time

Eu - sychia
Good Consciousness/psychology
Literary Utopias
Science Fiction The good society

Utopia

Dystopias Applied Utopistics


Anti-Utopias Practical Utopias
Degenerative Utopias Communitarianism
Kakatopias Indigenous society
as utopia

Utopian Theory
Theoretical Utopistics
French Utopian Socialists
Utopia. Its here, if not now.

To speak of utopia is always to speak of the present intolerable arrangements


Pietr Kropotkin, the anarchist formerly known as Prince,
quoted from Iain Boal

This course explores the history, concepts and the real and imaginary worlds of Utopia. As an extension
of Nils Normans ongoing research of Utopia, the Utopic World will be investigated using a broad artistic,
rather than academic, method of inquiry.

Utopia is nowhere, but historically and conceptually it cannot be just anywhere. The course will navigate the
analytic study and long tradition of mainly Western Utopia going back to the Ancient Greeks, through the
Judeo-Christian tradition of Millenarianism, sailing past the Utopias of the 16C, and on towards the mad and
fantastic plans and programs of Utopian Socialists like Charles Fourier, Robert Owen and Saint Simon. From
there we will steer towards the history of communalism in the United States, feminist utopias, the commu-
nitarian experiments of the 60s and 70s, and the intentional communities of the present.

The course will grapple with a range of issues which are central to any understanding of the past, and the
future, of Utopia and communalism: the history of utopias; communes and sexual politics; the city versus
the country; the city and public space; architectural traditions and practices; charisma, leadership and anti-
authoritarianism; communes and the state; anti-capitalist movements; technology; the political economy of
collective living; underground presses, music and artistic expression; reproduction and education; feminist
utopias; ecology; the material bases of the commune; when communes fail; barter, potlatch and gleaning.

Week 1.
Introductions and etymologies. Outline of themes, ideas and terms

Week 2.
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Mores Utopia. The Ideal City: architecture and design as social control

Week 3.
The Millenarian Tradition: Gerrard Winstanley, the Anabaptists, the Ranters, Lollards, Adamites and other
dissenters

Week 4.
Utopian Socialism: Marx, Engels, Charles Fourier, Robert Owen and Saint Simon. The United States: Failed
experiments; tienne Cabet and the Icarians, Oneida, Brook Farm and others

Week 5.
Beatniks, Hippies, alternative architecture, appropriate technology and the US counter culture of the 1960s

Week 6.
Modern Utopias: Anti-capitalist movements, feminist utopias and artist colonies, contemporary utopias,
intentional communities, ecological cooperative experiments and the political economy of collective living
Burwell, Jennifer. Notes on Nowhere: Feminism, Utopian Logic and Social Transformation.
First two pages.
Towards a Utopia bibliography
Allain, Math. France and North America Utopias and Utopians. University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1978
Andrea, Johann Valentin. Christianopolis. Kessinger Publishing, 2006
Appelbaum, Robert. Literature and Utopian Politics in Seventeenth-Century England.
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Armytage, W.H.G. Heavens Below: Utopian Experiments in England 1560 - 1960. Routledge, 1961
Bacon, Francis. New Atlantis, Dodo books, 2006
Beecher, Jonathan. Charles Fourier: the visionary and his world. University of California Press. 1986
Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward 2008 - 1887. Dover Publications, 1996
Benhabib, Selya. Critique, Norm, and Utopia. Columbia University Press, 1986
Bernari, Marie Louise. Journey Through Utopia. Freedom Press, 1982
Bloch, Ernst. The Utopian Function of Art and Literature. MIT Press, 1988
Bradley Lane, Mary E. Mizora: A World of Women. University of Nebraska Press, 1999
Braunstein, Peter. Imagine Nation:The American Counterculture of the 1960s. Routledge, 2001
Buber, Martin. Paths in Utopia. Martin Buber Library, 1996
Burwell, Jennifer. Notes on Nowhere: Feminism, Utopian Logic and Social Transformation.
University of Minnesota Press, 1997
Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. Penguin Classics, 2006
Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. Banyan Tree Books, 1975
Campanella, Tommaso. The City of the Sun. Forgotten Books, 2008
Carey, John. The Faber Book of Utopias. Faber and Faber, 2000
Coates, Chris. Utopia Britannica: British Utopian Experiements 1325 - 1945. Diggers and Dreamers, 2001
Cohn, Norman. The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists
of the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press, 1990
Darley, Gillian. Villages of Vision. Granada, 1978
Engels,Friedrich, 7SGMEPMWQ9XSTMERERH7GMIRXMG. International. 1935
Gordon, Alastair. Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties. Rizzoli Books, 2008
+VMJXL1EV]Three Hundred Years Hence. Gregg Press, 1975
Hardy, Dennis. Utopian England: Community Experiments 1900 - 1945. E & FN Spon, 2000
Hertzler, Joyce Oramel. The History of Utopian Thought. Cooper Square. 1965
Huxley, Aldous. Island. Vintage books, 2008
Jacobs, Michael. The Good & Simple Life: Artists Colonies in Europe and America. Phaidon, 1985
Jacoby, Russell. The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in an Age of Apathy. Basic Books, 1999
Jacoby, Russell. Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-utopian Age. Columbia University Press, 2007
Jagose, Annamarie. Lesbian Utopics. Routledge, 1994
Jameson, Frederic. Archaeologies of the Future:The Desire Called Utopia
and Other Science Fictions.Verso, 2007
Jameson, Fredric. The Ideologies of Theory: Essays 1971 - 1986.Vol 2 Syntax of History.
University of Minnesota Press, 1988
Kautsky, Karl. Thomas More and His Utopia. International, 1927
Kirk, Andrew G. Counterculture Green:The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism.
University Press of Kansas, 2007
Kolnai, Aurel. The Utopian Mind and Other Papers. Athlone Press, 1995
Kumar, Krishan. Utopianism. Open University Press, 1991
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed. Granada, 1982
Mannheim, Karl. Ideology & Utopia. Routledge, 1968
Manuel, Frank E. The Prophets of Paris. Harper Tourchbooks, 1962
Manuel, Frank E. Utopias and Utopian Thought. Condor Books, 1965
Manuel, Frank E. And Manuel, Fritzie P. Utopian Thought in the Western World. Free Press, 1966
Marin, Louis. Utopics:The Semiological Play of Textual Spaces. Humanity Books, 1984
Miller, Timothy. Americas Alternative Religions. State University of New York Press, 1995
Miller, Timothy. The Hippies and American Values. The University of Tennessee Press, 1991
More, Thomas. Utopia. Penguin Books, 2003
Morris, William. News from Nowhere: Or, an Epoch of Rest. Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance.
Oxford Worlds Classics, 2009
Moylan, Tom. Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination. Methuen, 1975
Mumford, Lewis. The Story of Utopias. BiblioBazaar, 2008
Parker, Martin.The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. Zedbooks, 2007
Perkins Gilman, Charlotte. Herland. Dover Publications, 1999
Plato. The Republic. Penguin Books, 2007
Ricoeur, Paul. Lectures on Ideology and Utopia. Columbia University, 1986
Rose, R.B. Gracchus Babeuf:The First Revolutionary Communist. Stanford University Press.1978
Roszak, Theodore. 8LI1EOMRK3J%'SYRXIV'YPXYVI6IIGXMSRWSJXLI8IGLRSGVEXMG7SGMIX]ERH-XW=SYXLJYP
Opposition. Doubleday & Co, 1969
Scott, Felicity D. Architecture or Techno-utopia: Politics After Modernism. MIT Press, 2007
Ward, Colin. Utopia. Penguin Books, 1974
Wegner, Phillip E. Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation and the Spatial Histories of Modernity.
University of California Press, 2002
Wolfe, Tom. The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test. Black Swan Books, 1989
WomanShare. Country Lesbians:The Story of the Womanshare Collective. WomanShare Books, 1976
Zamyatin,Yevgeny. We. Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 1993

A quote from a mystic of the Brethren of the Free Spirit. 1270.


page 176. Norman Cohn, The Pursuit of the Millenium.