The volume discusses utopian representations of American society, and reflections of American political thought and vision in literature, film and television. The articles address topics of ecology, urbanism, politics, society and heroism.
Specifically, the volume addresses texts by Paul Auster, Ernest Callenbach, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bernard-Henri LÚvy, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, Sam Shepard, Alexis de Toqueville, James Welch, and Nathanael West, and television series like 24 and the Star Trek and Stargate franchises, as well as video games.
Contributors include Sandra Beyer, Rasmus DamkjŠr Christensen, Antje Dallmann, Allison Davis-White Eyes, Martin Dalgaard Gr°n, Reinhard Isensee, Berenike Jung, Philipp Kneis, Daniela Simon, Katarzyna Sobieraj, Renate Ulbrich, and Thomas Wagenknecht.
The book contains four papers resulting from the conference Utopian Thoughts. Trans-Atlantic Fictions of Science and Politics (2007), as well as eight further articles specifically writtten for this volume.