Their project, Utopian Realism, has personal connections for both.
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Thus, the film, while critical on one level, simultaneously establishes continuity with the conservative GDR science-fiction subgenre of utopian realism.
Eolomea, along with The Silent Star, Signals, and In the Dust of the Stars--four of the best known GDR science-fiction feature films--demonstrates what I have termed "utopian realism," a characteristic of many East German science-fiction novels of the 1950s and 1960s.
The theoretical framework, the "theory of world security" of the title, is informed by the "emancipatory realism" that Booth has been developing for more than a decade (heretofore labeled "utopian realism
"), and is applied in the text to the broad sweep of contemporary world politics.
She suggests the term "utopian realism
" to describe the formal and narrative tension that she finds in the GDR science fiction of the period.
The genres these artists favor are frankly pictorial, focused on the dignity of proud, often heroic black figures and steeped in a utopian realism
that tends to highlight the strongest, finest, most fearless, and least compromised.
shares some similarities with the "utopian realism" advocated
realism, utopian realism nevertheless means an openness to the
He regards the structuralist emphasis on semiotic reduction as being continuous with the violence of utopian realism
. For Ranciere, Irene becomes a "foreigner" in a displaced "atopia" and thus evades the strictures of utopian emplacement (122, 128), but her fate indicates that there are few places to which the atopic traveler may go in the society depicted in the film.
The second article on utopian film, Alex and Jan Law's "Walter Benjamin and Utopian Realism
," is again a close reading of a film, Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher (1999).