Brazilian Science Fiction

Brazilian Science Fiction

by M. Elizabeth Ginway
     
 

ISBN-10: 083875564X

ISBN-13: 9780838755648

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

During the period 1964-1985, Brazil's military dictatorship imposed drastic industrialization and economic policies on the nation. This study examines the science fiction written in Brazil between 1960 and 2000 to reveal how attitudes surrounding the nation's rapid transition are reflected in the literature. Coverage includes traditional science fiction and dystopian

Overview

During the period 1964-1985, Brazil's military dictatorship imposed drastic industrialization and economic policies on the nation. This study examines the science fiction written in Brazil between 1960 and 2000 to reveal how attitudes surrounding the nation's rapid transition are reflected in the literature. Coverage includes traditional science fiction and dystopian narratives as well as cyberpunk, alternate histories, fanzines, and graphic novels. Ginway teaches Brazilian literature at the U. of Florida. Distributed by Associated University Presses. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838755648
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Introduction: Science Fiction, Development, and Myths of Cultural Identity13
Science Fiction in a Developing Nation13
Brazilian National Myths16
Modernization and the Military Regime23
Brazilian Science Fiction: A Marginalized Genre25
Approaches to Brazilian Science Fiction: 1960-200030
1.Science Fiction of the Sixties: Cultural Myths in the Land of the Future36
The Emergence of Science Fiction in Brazil36
The Icon of the Robot42
The Icon of the Alien52
The Icon of the Spaceship70
The Icon of the City76
The Icon of the Wasteland82
Conclusion87
2.Brazilian Dystopian Fiction: Protesting Repression, Modernization, and Ecological Degradation89
Defining Dystopia89
The Regulation of Sexuality and Reproduction: Fazenda modelo and O fruto do vosso ventre94
Changing Roles of Women: Adaptacao do funcionario Ruam, Um dia vamos rir disso tudo, and Asilo nas torres105
Ecological Dystopias: Umbra, "O homem que espalhou o deserto," and Nao veras pais nenhum121
Conclusion134
3.The Post-Dictatorship Generation: Renewal, Postmodernity, and Globalization137
Background of a New Generation137
Hard Science Fiction: Dictatorship and the Legacy of Development143
Cyberpunk: Social Critique or New Myths of Brazilian Identity150
Robots and Computers: Examining Race, Class, and Gender165
Alien Encounters: Brazilian Reactions to Globalization177
Alternate Histories and Parallel Universes: Brazil's Colonial Heritage191
Women in Brazilian Science Fiction205
Conclusion209
Epilogue212
Notes219
Bibliography251

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