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dc.titleUtopian Rhetoric Has a Pleasure Problem
dc.contributor.authorNomi Lazar
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-12T04:35:31Z
dc.date.available2021-08-12T04:35:31Z
dc.date.issued2021-07-13
dc.identifier.citationNomi Lazar (2021-07-13). Utopian Rhetoric Has a Pleasure Problem. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 51 (3) : 204-214. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/02773945.2021.1918511
dc.identifier.issn02773945
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/196689
dc.description.abstractBy tracing rhetorical arcs of time, political leaders paint a promised future. Leaders whose interests lie in a status-quo-future use process-frames, such as cycles or progress. But leaders who promise a radically new future may use a utopian stasis-frame, such as eschatology. They promise an ultimate arrival, an eschaton. Arrival means no more need of violence and domination. This is Utopia’s promise. But for Utopia to last, to remain still and stable at this destination, change-driving conflict must cease. Without recourse to violence and domination to manage conflict, utopians must prevent it from arising in the first place. To do this, it is necessary to control conflict’s driving source: desire and pleasure. Utopia thus confronts a pleasure problem. This problem—I argue through a typology of pleasures—it cannot resolve. The pleasure problem means the same rhetoric of final arrival—which sparks energetic political activity in the present—renders Utopia an impossible future.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.sourceTaylor & Francis
dc.subjectDesire
dc.subjecteschatology
dc.subjectpleasure
dc.subjecttemporality
dc.subjectUtopia
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentYALE-NUS COLLEGE
dc.description.doi10.1080/02773945.2021.1918511
dc.description.sourcetitleRhetoric Society Quarterly
dc.description.volume51
dc.description.issue3
dc.description.page204-214
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