|Daniel, Jamie Owen; Moylan, Tom
Several of the authors here address the centrality of a radically unconventional concept of utopia to Bloch’s thought; others write on the question of memory and pedagogical theory. There is a Blochian reading of crime fiction, illuminating overviews of Bloch’s work and an exploration of the stylistics of hope in Bloch’s Spuren, as well as a translation of excerpts from that extraordinary book.
The essays gathered here are intended, above all, to recommend Bloch’s work as a challenge to older models of historical materialism and utopian emancipation, and to give specific examples of how that work can contribute to current debates about utopia, nationalism and collective memory, the liberatory content of popular cultural forms, and the complex relationship between ideology and everyday life. Together they provide a timely introduction to one of the most untimely and inspiring thinkers of the twentieth century.