Michał Kłosiński
More After More

Tom More After More pod red. Ksenii Olkusz, Michała Kłosińskiego i Krzysztofa M. Maja stanowi zbiór dwudziestu sześciu esejów poświęconych problematyce utopii w bardzo szerokim spektrum dziedzin i dyscyplin wiedzy, od literatury i filozofii, przez muzykę po gry komputerowe. Jest to jednocześnie jubileuszowe dzieło łączące teksty badaczy z kraju i zagranicy w teoretycznym i interpretacyjnym wysiłku uczczenia 500-lecia wydania Utopii Tomasza Morusa. Poniżej zamieszczamy fragment wstępu autorstwa profesora Gregory Claeys’a, jednego z najważniejszych badaczy zjawiska i aktualnego przewodniczącego Utopian Studies Society – organizacji naukowej zajmującej się od 1988 roku stowarzyszaniem badaczy utopii z Europy i świata.

The twenty-six essays which compose this collection cover a substantial range of both historical and theoretical themes, indicating at the least that the utopian idea thrives today across a number of disciplines as well as in domains (like computer games) which are themselves of recent origin and which indicate that utopia can also be addressed as an aspect of the internal psychic fantasy world. There is some consideration here of the lengthy and complex historical relationship between utopian ideals and religion. There is some effort to reconsider practical efforts to found actual communities which embody utopian ideals. Several authors revisit the emotional substrata of utopian aspiration rendered accessible through music in particular. Literature is here nonetheless the chief focus, in keeping with the form of Thomas More’s original text and that of the tradition which has imitated and satirised it. The themes represented here mirror in literary form the dystopian drift in the external world discussed above. Many of the leading authors of post-totalitarian dystopian fiction are included here, notably (to name but a few) Margaret Atwood, Robert Heinlein, J.G. Ballard, David Foster Wallace and, most recently, Michel Houellebecq. Within these treatments, the possibilities are explored that dystopia may emerge from or assume the form of racist regimes, environmental destruction, corporate dictatorship, or religious fundamentalism, or some combination of these factors. Such potential outcomes of modernity need, the authors of this volume also assure us, to be balanced against the utopian promise which bodily remodelling entertains, and the possibility of longevity which scientific and technical advances encapsulate as the epitome of modern individualist utopianism. - Ze wstępu prof. Gregory Claeys’a (Royal Holloway, University of London)