Italian Science Fiction: The Other in Literature and Film

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Springer, Jul 18, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 289 pages

This book explores Italian science fiction from 1861, the year of Italy’s unification, to the present day, focusing on how this genre helped shape notions of Otherness and Normalness. In particular, Italian Science Fiction draws upon critical race studies, postcolonial theory, and feminist studies to explore how migration, colonialism, multiculturalism, and racism have been represented in genre film and literature. Topics include the role of science fiction in constructing a national identity; the representation and self-representation of “alien” immigrants in Italy; the creation of internal “Others,” such as southerners and Roma; the intersections of gender and race discrimination; and Italian science fiction’s transnational dialogue with foreign science fiction. This book reveals that though it is arguably a minor genre in Italy, science fiction offers an innovative interpretive angle for rethinking Italian history and imagining future change in Italian society.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Explorations and the Creation of a National Identity
30
Futurism and Science Fiction
65
After the Apocalypse Repression and Resistance
82
The Internal Other Representing Roma
109
Aliens in a Country of Immigration Intersectional Perspectives
137
Dystopic Worlds and the Fear of Multiculturalism
163
The Questione Settentrionale Reconfiguring Separatism
183
Future Pasts Revisiting the Colonial Legacy in Alternate History Novels
205
Afterword A Genre Across Cultures
233
Bibliography
245
Index
280
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Simone Brioni is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, USA. His research focuses on migration studies and postcolonial theory with a particular emphasis on contemporary Italian culture.

Daniele Comberiati is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Italian Studies at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. His research fields include migration literature, postcolonial studies, comics and graphic novels, and eighteenth-century travel literature.