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Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision By Jessica Gildersleeve

Chapter :  Introduction
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Christos Tsiolkas:

Introduction

Utopias

I think this extreme blasphemous position of the outsider embodied in the always dissenting, always tolerant role of the artist—a romantic concept, yes; an impossible concept, yes; a dangerous concept, yes—is essential to political and social emancipation. (Tsiolkas, ‘On the Concept of Tolerance’ 49)

Utopia does not write itself into the future. It is always, from right now, what the order of the day is missing. (Baudrillard qtd in Ahmed 163)

Literature and Responsibility

Christos Tsiolkas uses Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1973 story ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ as a reference point for his discussion of a utopian city. Its citizens are perfectly happy: they spend their days dancing and celebrating—intoxicated if they choose, or not. Everyone has just enough to meet his or her needs. Nothing in the city is destructive; all that exists is necessary. The reader is free to imagine this utopia on their own terms, Le Guin’s narrator urges. There may be orgies. There may be trains. What is certain to exist, however, crouched in the