Globalization, Utopia and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 10, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages

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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Contents

The Desire Called Postcolonial Science Fiction
1
Worldlessness Against the Void in Salman Rushdies Grimus
20
Spaces of Narrative and the Narrative of Space in Nalo Hopkinsons Midnight Robber
43
Domesticity Difference and the Long Space of Short Fiction in Vandana Singhs The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
68
4 Claiming the Futures That Are or The Cunning of History in Amitav Ghoshs The Calcutta Chromosome and Manjula Padmanabhans GandhiToxin
98
Monstrous Subjects and the PostMillennial Nomos in I am Legend and District 9
127
6 ThirdWorld Punks or Watch Out for the Worlds Behind You
159
Reimagining the Material
194
Notes
196
Selected Bibliography
229
Index
237
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ERIC SMITH is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA. He has published widely on Postcolonial and Modern/Postmodern British Literatures.