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Introduction: The Whiteness of Science Fiction and the Speculative Fiction of Blackness

André M. Carrington

in Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816678952
eISBN:
9781452954370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678952.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction establishes the focus of the book, reviews how previous approaches to speculative fiction have overlooked considerations of race or treated the topic through metaphor and allegory. ... More


American Futures Past: The Counterfactual Histories of Chinese Invasion

Edlie L. Wong

in Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479868001
eISBN:
9781479899043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

By the final decades of the nineteenth century, the notion of an Asiatic threat was well established in U.S. culture, in part through “Yellow Peril” propaganda, a product of the Pacific Coast ... More


Coda

André M. Carrington

in Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816678952
eISBN:
9781452954370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678952.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Summarizes implications of the study for further considerations of the interactions between race and genre in cultural production. Suggests new directions for black literary and cultural criticism ... More


“The Electric Boy1 Grows Up”: Science Fiction for a Young Adult Audience

Joseph W. Campbell

in The Order and the Other: Young Adult Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781496824721
eISBN:
9781496824776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496824721.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 2 shows in a compressed, somewhat truncated way, the unique history of science fiction (sometimes called speculative fiction). This chapter also shows some of the myriad theoretical ... More


Speculative Fictions and Other Cartographies of Life

J. Paul Narkunas

in Reified Life: Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280308
eISBN:
9780823281534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280308.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter argues that speculative fictions are a mechanism for struggling with speculative capital. Speculative fictions envision unrealized future scenarios, and share a similar strategy to ... More


Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction

André M. Carrington

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816678952
eISBN:
9781452954370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678952.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Speculative Blackness analyzes works of speculative fiction—encompassing science fiction, fantasy, utopia, and their fan cultures—that illustrate the relationship between genre conventions in popular ... More


Conclusion: Against Historicism: James D. Corrothers and Speculations on Our Racial Futures

Edlie L. Wong

in Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479868001
eISBN:
9781479899043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The conclusion returns to and critically recasts the Chinese invasion subgenre studied at length in Chapter 3. Serialized in the NAACP’s Crisis magazine, the African American writer James D. ... More


Multispecies Fictions for the Anthropocene

Ursula K. Heise

in Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226358024
eISBN:
9780226358338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226358338.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Recently, the concept of the Anthropocene has become increasingly important for environmentalism. For pessimists, it signals the enormous scope of negative human impact on the environment; for ... More


Design, Engineering and Gendering the Disabled Body

Stuart Murray

in Disability and the Posthuman: Bodies, Technology and Cultural Futures

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621648
eISBN:
9781800341159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621648.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter looks at the ways technologized bodies are designed and engineered, and especially how these processes are gendered. It argues that it is vital to understand the logic and techniques of ... More


Johanna Sinisalo and the New Weird: Genres and Myths

Hanna-Riikka Roine and Hanna Samola

in Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041754
eISBN:
9780252050428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041754.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes the Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo’s 2013 novel Auringon ydin [The core of the sun] in the contexts of speculative fiction, dystopia, and fairy tale to provide an illustrative ... More


South African Gothic

Rebecca Duncan

in Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440929
eISBN:
9781474477024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The period following the second decade of the millennium has witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of Gothic forms in what is frequently called ‘post-transitional’ South African fiction. Readily ... More


Delany’s Comet: Blake; or, The Huts of America

Britt Rusert

in Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479885688
eISBN:
9781479804702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Turning to the publication of Martin Delany’s serial novel, Blake; or the Huts of America, in the Anglo-African Magazine in 1859, this chapter argues that black experiments with natural science ... More


History and its Alternatives: War Games as Social Form

Eric Hayot

in Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824851514
eISBN:
9780824869045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824851514.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

In his chapter “History and its Alternatives: War Games as Social Form,” Eric Hayot begins with prophecy and speculative fiction, which he defines as “histories of the future” from the early 20th ... More


Popular Fiction

Jeannette Sloniowski and Marilyn Rose

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199679775
eISBN:
9780191869778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199679775.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines the history of popular fiction in Canada. In Canada, popular culture reflects not only Canadian experience but also cultural anxieties as they have permeated and shaped the ... More


The Anxiety of Intervention in Leslie Marmon Silko and Marge Piercy

Heather Houser

in Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Through Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) and Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead (1991), this chapter analyzes anxiety, an affect associated with rapidly changing political, ... More


Dystopian Science Fiction and the Return of the Gothic

Sherryl Vint

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198749394
eISBN:
9780191869754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749394.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter explores the connections between dystopian science fiction and gothic fiction. It links science fiction to a tradition of European utopian and surrealist writing, situating the genre ... More


Freedom Now: Black Power and the Literature of Slavery

Madhu Dubey

in Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042775
eISBN:
9780252051630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042775.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This essay examines representations of slavery produced during the peak of the Black Power movement, across a range of fields, including historiography, psychology, political analysis, theater, ... More


Reproductive

Ben Nichols

in Same Old: Queer Theory, Literature and the Politics of Sameness

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781526132833
eISBN:
9781526158338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526132840.00006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines lesbian feminist speculative fiction from across the twentieth century in order to reconsider queer theory’s widespread rejection of reproduction, particularly in the wake of ... More


Imagining the Future

Matthew C. Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman

in Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039027
eISBN:
9780252096990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039027.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This concluding chapter examines how popular culture has looked at the future of journalism, which itself has been debated by journalism scholars. Speculative fiction's tales about the press draw ... More


Rabbit Heart

Alyssa Wong (ed.)

in Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469646800
eISBN:
9781469646824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646800.003.0018
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

In Rabbit Heart, a short story by Alyssa Wong, a doctor who can create human bodies from rabbit cells in a laboratory is engaged in the business of resurrecting children for parents who rejected ... More


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