Utopianist

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U`to´pi`an`ist


n.1.An Utopian; an optimist.
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Admirers ranged from the British-born American watercolourist and engraver, John William Hill to the sculptor-designer, printmaker and utopianist, Eric Gill (Cianci and Nicholls, 2001: 42).
Redpath also takes Rousseau to task for introducing a utopianist strain into modern thought with his views of the fundamental goodness of human nature and its capacity for progressive, self-development.
Historians of the past decades have looked at the legacy of David Ben-Gu-non, Israel's first prime minister, in a less than flattering key: a utopianist turned statesman, a ruthless leader and, at times, tyrannical pragmatist, whose political failures--and successes--have frequently been interpreted as seeds of contemporary conflict.
Yet Ulysses continues to address both epic and Utopianist genres and, in its ironization or deconstruction of heroic and absolutist idioms, reveals aporias and anomalies common to both.
While Teverson's reading does much to illuminate previously overlooked dimensions of the book, both repositioning it as a politically engaged fiction and underscoring the importance of material history in our understanding of it, I recommend that we might also recognize in Koax's radical founding of Conceptualism the initial step in the novel's dialectical unfolding of a specifically utopianist figuration, one that takes place against the "worldless" backdrop of an emergent globalization, the acknowledgment of which restores for us the novel's "missing" cultural context and hermeneutic ground.
The United States, with a more explicitly utopianist origin in the Puritan tradition (epitomized by John Winthrop), would have framed Poe's macabre mind with greater concern for images of social perfection and ideality, even if he wanted just as badly as Delacroix to explode idealism with dystopic images.
Despite the prevailing utopianist view of leading Mayanists, their publications leave plenty of latitude for Burroughs's Gods-of-Death interpretation.
By 1945, in The Mind at the End of Its Tether, the former Utopianist was predicting the destruction of human civilization, in a tone comparable to that of Sigmund Freud's late, melancholy essays in The Future of an Illusion and Civilization and Its Discontents.
Until recently, Francis Lodwick (1619-1694) has largely been known to early modern scholars as phonetician and language-planner, but if one looks at his more obscure manuscripts, Lodwick emerges as "freethinker, pre-Adamite, Socinian, utopianist, alchemist, philosemite, supporter of divorce and usury, [and] avid reader of La Peyrere and Hierocles," according to Poole (Tutorial Fellow in English, New College, Oxford, UK), who here presents Lodwick's all but unknown short utopia A Country Not Named, chosen for publication because it draws together Lodwick's linguistic, social, and theological interests.
The collection concludes with a bibliographical essay on the role of science in utopian and dystopian fiction by Lyman Tower Sargent, the distinguished American utopianist and former editor of Utopian Studies, and the first translation into English, by Robert Savage, of Blanchot's 1959 essay on 'The Proper Use of Science Fiction', which will be of interest to utopianists and Blanchot scholars alike.
While Charbit notes the failure of the 'Pensee de midi' to engage the political or philosophical imagination, Frank Planeille resituates the utopianist Mediterranean finale to the essay by invoking Camus's friendship and dialogue with Rene Char.