Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author, Critic.
(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 (2005) with Joy Porter, is not listed below. [JC]
Kenneth Morrison Roemer
born East Rockaway, New York: 6 June 1945
- The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900 (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1976) [nonfiction: hb/Harold M Stevens, from unacknowledged original]
- America as Utopia (New York: Burt Franklin, 1980) [nonfiction: coll: in the publisher's American Cultural Heritage series: hb/]
- Build Your Own Utopia: An Interdisciplinary Course in Utopian Speculation (Washington, District of Columbia: University Press of America, 1981) [nonfiction: chap: pb/]
- Utopian Audiences: How Readers Locate Utopia (Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003) [nonfiction: in the publisher's Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book series: pb/]
works as editor
- Utopian Studies 1 (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1987) with Gorman Beauchamp and N D Smith [anth: hb/]
- Kenneth M Roemer at University of Texas Arlington
- Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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