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Imagining the Future bridges theory, politics and literature. Inspired by Frederic Jameson’s Archaeologies of the Future, it is a fascinatingly diverse response to his proposition that ‘Utopia… now better expresses our relationship to a genuinely political future than any current program of action’ and that Utopia demands a ‘meditation on the impossible’.
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