Dr. Wagner-Lawlor’ study of feminist utopian fiction advances a concept of utopia defined in terms of hospitality, rather than exclusion. By tracing the work of feminist writers such as Atwood, Butler, Lessing and Winterson, Dr. Wagner-Lawlor’s promotes the value of art, the reality of the fictive or visionary, in a way that provides a framework for political agency. She stresses the importance of imagination in addressing the challenges in global politics and claims that the real work of utopia is the working of the individual spirit toward an imaginative sympathy. She envisions imaginative sympathy as the cornerstone of utopian desire, and the catalyst of political action.
This session will focus on Dr. Wagner-Lawlor’s presentation of these key themes from her upcoming book.