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Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction (Early Classics of Science Fiction) by John Rieder
Wesleyan Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0819568740
Date: 30 May 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Science Fiction has always been a vehicle for expressing our current world view, whether consciously or not, and the changing relationship between the developed and developing worlds, or European and American v everyone else, has always intrigued me. Evidently I'm not the only one, as this upcoming book by John Rieder shows. How does looking at sf as a dialog about colonialism inform our view of it, and what does it mean for the future of the genre?

From release/information:

Book Description: This is the first full-length study of emerging Anglo-American science fiction's relation to the history, discourses, and ideologies of colonialism and imperialism. Nearly all scholars and critics of early science fiction acknowledge that colonialism is an important and relevant part of its historical context, and recent scholarship has emphasized imperialism's impact on late Victorian Gothic and adventure fiction and on Anglo-American popular and literary culture in general. John Rieder argues that colonial history and ideology are crucial components of science fiction's displaced references to history and its engagement in ideological production. He proposes that the profound ambivalence that pervades colonial accounts of the exotic "other" establishes the basic texture of much science fiction, in particular its vacillation between fantasies of discovery and visions of disaster. Combining original scholarship and theoretical sophistication with a clearly written presentation suitable for students as well as professional scholars, this study offers new and innovative readings of both acknowledged classics and rediscovered gems.

Includes discussion of works by Edwin A. Abbott, Edward Bellamy, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John W. Campbell, George Tomkyns Chesney, Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard, Edmond Hamilton, W. H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies, Henry Kuttner, Alun Llewellyn, Jack London, A. Merritt, Catherine L. Moore, William Morris, Garrett P. Serviss, Mary Shelley, Olaf Stapledon, and H. G. Wells.

(Source: Wesleyan)

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