After Utopia: The Rise of Critical Space in Twentieth-Century American Fiction by Nicholas Spencer
University of Nebraska Press; 1 edition | July 1, 2006 | English | ISBN: 0803243014 | 276 pages | PDF | 1 MB
By developing the concept of critical space, After Utopia presents a new genealogy of twentieth-century American fiction. Nicholas Spencer argues that the radical American fiction of Jack London, Upton Sinclair, John Dos Passos, and Josephine Herbst reimagines the spatial concerns of late nineteenth-century utopian American texts. Instead of fully imagined utopian societies, such fiction depicts localized utopian spaces that provide essential support for the models of history on which these authors focus.