(1945- ) US academic and author whose works of sf interest have focused on Utopias, beginning with The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900 (1976), which remains perhaps the most sophisticated reading of utopian literature in America in the decade after the publication of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). the essays in America as Utopia (coll 1980) examine widely divergent authors, a gamut running from B F Skinner to Kurt Vonnegut. Utopian Audiences: How Readers Locate Utopia (2003) uses reader response theory to analyze the tactics a reader might use to grasp for practical use the abstracted armamentarium of the typical written utopia.
Roemer's extensive work on Native American literatures, including the co-edited Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (encyclopedia 2005) with Joy Porter, is not listed below. [JC]
Kenneth Morrison Roemer
born East Rockaway, New York: 6 June 1945
works as editor
- Utopian Studies 1 (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1987) with Gorman Beauchamp and N D Smith [anth: hb/]
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