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Latin American Science Fiction
Theory and Practice
 
 
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05 Dec 2012
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Combining work by critics from Latin America, the USA, and Europe, Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice is the first anthology of articles in English to examine science fiction in all of Latin America, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and the Southern Cone. Using a variety of sophisticated theoretical approaches, the book explores not merely the development of a science fiction tradition in the region, but more importantly, the intricate ways in which this tradition has engaged with the most important cultural and literary debates of recent year.


Description

Combining work by critics from Latin America, the USA, and Europe, Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice is the first anthology of articles in English to examine science fiction in all of Latin America, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and the Southern Cone. Using a variety of sophisticated theoretical approaches, the book explores not merely the development of a science fiction tradition in the region, but more importantly, the intricate ways in which this tradition has engaged with the most important cultural and literary debates of recent year.


Reviews

"Latin American Science Fiction is an essential and timely book. Brown and Ginway have masterfully collected valuable texts that capture the current sci-fi sensibility and provide compelling insights into a growing and mutating genre in the region. The critical scope and depth make this an indispensable volume that discloses the complexity of Latin American literature and film well beyond and away from the clichéd perception that it all boils down to magic realism and sociopolitical costumbrismo." - Mike Wilson, Assistant Professor, Facultad de Letras, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and author of El púgil, Zombie and Rockabilly


"This study contributes to a better understanding of how Latin American science fiction, although sharing a similar historical context and cultural tradition, is far from homogeneous. Its diversity is highlighted by different theoretical approaches and thematic perspectives of the contributors. A valuable book." - Marcello Simão Branco, co-author of Brazilian Yearbook of Fantastic Literature


Contents

Introduction: 'Critical Latin American SF.'; M. Elizabeth Ginway and J. Andrew Brown
PART I: SPECULATING A CANON: LATIN AMERICA'S SF TRADITIONS
1. Ending the World with Words: Bernardo Fernández (BEF) and the Institutionalization of Science Fiction in Mexico; Ignacio Sánchez Prado
2. 'A Young Man, Gleaming, White,' and the Protocol of the Question; Braulio Tavares
3. Bolaño and Science Fiction: Deformities; Álvaro Bisama
4. Time Travel and History in Carmen Boullosa's Llanto, novelas imposibles; Claire Taylor
PART II: ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE PERIPHERY: CYBERPUNKS AND ZOMBIES IN LATIN AMERICA
5. Islands in the Slipstream: Diasporic Allegories in Cuban Science Fiction of the Special Period; Emily Maguire
6. Sexilia and the Perverse World of the Future: An Argentine Version of Barbarella and Sade; Fernando Reati
7. Teenage Zombie Wasteland: Suburbia after the Apocalypse in Mike Wilson's Zombie and Edmundo Paz Soldán's Los vivos y los muertos; David Laraway
PART III: COMICS AND FILM: LATIN AMERICAN SF ACROSS GENRE
8. SF and the Cinema of Jorge Furtado; M. Elizabeth Ginway and Alfredo Suppia
9. Oesterheld's Iconic and Ironic Eternautas; Rachel Haywood Ferreira
10. SF in Brazilian Cartoons and Comics; Octávio Aragão


Authors

J. Andrew Brown is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. He is the author of Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative, Cyborgs in Latin America, and the editor of Tecnoescritura: Literatura y tecnología en América latina. He currently serves as the Latin American editor of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.
M. Elizabeth Ginway is Associate Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Florida, US. She is the author of Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the Future, which was placed on the "Recommended Reading List for Non-Fiction" by Locus: Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy World in 2005.