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Globalization, Utopia and Postcolonial Science Fiction
New Maps of Hope
 
 
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10 Sep 2012
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Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope explores the aesthetic and historical conditions that inform the recent convergence of the seemingly incommensurable domains of the postcolonial Third World and the genre of SF, particularly as expressed in the recent phenomenon of visionary SF narratives originating from postcolonial national cultures. Offering a materialist theorization of this surge of Third-World science fiction supported by careful and penetrating close readings, the book considers its formal emergence as representing a definitive shift in postcolonial literary and cultural production that finds its material provenance in the political, economic, and spatial dilemmas of globalization and its ideological vitality in the enduring project of utopian thought for the post-contemporary present.


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Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope explores the aesthetic and historical conditions that inform the recent convergence of the seemingly incommensurable domains of the postcolonial Third World and the genre of SF, particularly as expressed in the recent phenomenon of visionary SF narratives originating from postcolonial national cultures. Offering a materialist theorization of this surge of Third-World science fiction supported by careful and penetrating close readings, the book considers its formal emergence as representing a definitive shift in postcolonial literary and cultural production that finds its material provenance in the political, economic, and spatial dilemmas of globalization and its ideological vitality in the enduring project of utopian thought for the post-contemporary present.


Reviews

'Smith's remarkable fluency in the areas of postcolonial studies and theories of globalization and his ability to integrate the complex political-economic and philosophical discourses of his theoretical texts with provocative, insightful close readings of the fictional texts are equally impressive. This intelligent, imaginative, and sophisticated book will be an important and influential contribution to postcolonial studies, science fiction studies, contemporary literature studies, and cultural studies.' - Professor John Rieder, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA


Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Desire Called Postcolonial Science Fiction
"Fictions Where a Man Could Live': Worldlessness Against the Void in Salman Rushdie's Grimus
'The Only Way Out is Through': Spaces of Narrative and the Narrative of Space in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber
There's No Splace Like Home: Domesticity, Difference, and the 'Long Space' of Short Fiction in Vandana Singh's The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
Claiming the Futures That Are, or, The Cunning of History in Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome and Manjula Padmanabhan's Gandhi-Toxin
Mob Zombies, Alien Nations, and Cities of the Undead: Monstrous Subjects and the Postmillennial Nomos in I am Legend and District 9
Third World Punks, or, Watch Out for the Worlds Behind You
Conclusion: Reimagining the Material
Selected Bibliography
Index


Authors

ERIC SMITH is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA. He has published widely on Postcolonial and Modern/Postmodern British Literatures.