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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


Worldbuilding Meets Terraforming: Energy, Extraction, and Speculative Fiction

Elizabeth Carolyn Miller

in Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780691205533
eISBN:
9780691230559
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691205533.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the energy imaginary within the industrial extraction boom. It also takes a look at how this imaginary shaped the political and social projections of speculative literature. ... 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


Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Meghan Gilbert-Hickey and Miranda A. Green-Barteet (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781496833815
eISBN:
9781496833860
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496833815.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction offers a sustained, cogent analysis of race and representation in young adult speculative fiction (YASF). The collection considers how characters of color are ... More


Introduction

iranda A. Green-Barteet

in Race in Uoung Adult Speculative Fiction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781496833815
eISBN:
9781496833860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496833815.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introduction considers how characters of color are represented in Young Adult Speculative Fiction (YASF), how race affects or influences the structures of speculative worlds, and how racial ... More


“Vine Head,” “Snake Lady,” “Swamp Witch”: Racialized Othering in Nnedi Okorafor’s Zahrah the Windseeker

Joshua Yu Burnett

in Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781496833815
eISBN:
9781496833860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496833815.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In this chapter, Joshua Yu Burnett demonstrates that Okorafor simultaneously critiques speculative fiction for its one-dimensional depictions of race and works within the confines of the genre to ... More


A Theological Jurisprudence of Speculative Cinema: Superheroes, Science Fictions and Fantasies of Modern Law

Timothy Peters

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781474424004
eISBN:
9781399509435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424004.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book sets a new trajectory for considering the intertwined relationship between theology and law. Through close readings of a range of popular Hollywood speculative fiction films—Shyamalan’s ... 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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