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Author Langer, Jessica, 1982- author

Title Postcolonialism and science fiction / Jessica Langer
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 188 pages)
Contents Introduction: Elephant-shaped holes -- 1. A question of history: geographical/historical context -- 2. Diaspora and locality -- 3. Race, culture, identity and alien/nation -- 4. Hybridity, nativism and transgression -- 5. Indigenous knowledge and Western science -- Conclusion: Filling holes, breaking boundaries -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Postcolonialism and Science Fiction explores intersections and interactions between the genre of science fiction and the theory and practice of postcolonialism, concentrating primarily on contemporary science fiction from the 1950s to the present day. The book argues that several of the foundational myths of science fiction -- the 'other', or the stranger, and the strange and foreign land -- are shared at the heart of colonialism, and that postcolonial science fiction has developed unique and creative ways of overcoming and dispelling these myths. Using close readings and thematic studies, ranging from lively discussions of Japanese and Canadian science fiction to a thorough and incisive deconstruction of race and (post)colonialism in the online game World of Warcraft, Postcolonialism and Science Fiction is the first comprehensive study of the complex and developing relationship between the two areas. It will be of interest to fans, researchers, students and anyone else interested in science fiction, postcolonial studies, or both
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Postcolonialism and the arts.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230321445 (hbk.)
0230356052 (ebk.)
9780230321441 (hbk.)
9780230356054 (ebk.)