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A Desire Called AmericaBiopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons$
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Christian P. Haines

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286942

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286942.001.0001

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Assembling the Future

Assembling the Future

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A Desire Called America

Christian P. Haines

Fordham University Press

This chapter concludes the book by drawing out the connections between the American literary commons and contemporary social movements. It explains these connections not in terms of theory versus practice but rather as a shared project of commoning America (the United States), or inventing a non-capitalist, non-statist version of the nation. It contends that utopianism, or critical hope, is more necessary than ever in times of political reaction.

Keywords:   critique, hope, literary criticism, protests, social movements, utopia

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