Impossibility Fiction: Alternativity, Extrapolation, Speculation

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Derek Littlewood, Peter Stockwell
Rodopi, 1996 - Social Science - 211 pages
Impossibility fiction is an 'intergenre' that has recently been the resort of many writers searching for new ways of understanding and expressing the real world of the imagination, making use of fantasy, alternative history and science fiction. Coping with ideas that are both impossible and realistically constructed is the ultimate contemporary challenge of our technology. The chapters of this book move towards establishing appropriate readings that allow contemporary readers to negotiate unreality, a skill that the end of the millennium is making inevitably necessary. Such strategies have long been the preserve of literary and cultural study, and here a number of well-regarded scholars and some new to the field make their contribution to an area that has become increasingly important in recent years. From Mary Shelley to Philip K. Dick, Iain M. Banks to J.G. Ballard, taking in African-American science fiction, Jurassic Park, and Kurt Vonnegut, and exploring issues of alternative history and ideology, feminism, the holocaust, characterisation, and impossible geography, this collection is an important source-book for all those interested in the literature, culture and philosophy of realistic impossible worlds.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Alternativity
11
T H White Arnold Bax and the Alternative History of Britain
25
Feminist Science Fiction And
37
The Case of Philip
45
Extrapolation
57
Silence and Awkwardness in Representations of the Jewish
75
George S Schuyler and the Fate of Early AfricanAmerican
87
On the Subversion of Character in the Literature of Identity
107
Neurographer Mark Jones
127
Lost in Space? Exploring Impossible Geographies James
147
Mary Shelleys The Last Man The End of the World as
163
Jurassic Park and the Generic Paradox in Science Fiction
177
Uneasy ReadingsUnspeakable Dialogics Derek Littlewood
191
Index
208
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