Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination / Edition 1

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With essays by an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, Dark Horizons focuses on the development of critical dystopia in science fiction at the end of the twentieth century. In these narratives of places more terrible than even the reality produced by the neo-conservative backlash of the 1980s and the neoliberal hegemony of the 1990s, utopian horizons stubbornly anticipate a different and more just world. The top-notch team of contributors explores this development in a variety of ways: by looking at questions of form, politics, the politics of form, and the form of politics. In a broader context, the essays connect their textual and theoretical analyses with historical developments such as September 11th, the rise and downturn of the global economy, and the growth of anti-capitalist movements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415966139
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Moylan is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing at the University of Limerick. He is author of Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia and Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination (Routledge), and coeditor of Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch.
Raffaella Baccolini is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bologna.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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Introduction: Dystopia and Histories 1
1 Utopia in Dark Times: Optimism/Pessimism and Utopia/Dystopia 13
2 Genre Blending and the Critical Dystopia 29
3 The Writing of Utopia and the Feminist Critical Dystopia: Suzy McKee Charnas's Holdfast Series 47
4 Cyberpunk and Dystopia: Pat Cadigan's Networks 69
5 Posthuman Bodies and Agency in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis 91
6 "A useful knowledge of the present is rooted in the past": Memory and Historical Reconciliation in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling 113
7 "The moment is here ... and it's important": State, Agency, and Dystopia in Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling 135
8 Unmasking the Real? Critique and Utopia in Recent SF Films 155
9 Where the Prospective Horizon Is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog 167
10 Theses on Dystopia 2001 187
11 Concrete Dystopia: Slavery and Its Others 203
12 The Problem of the "Flawed Utopia": A Note on the Costs of Eutopia 225
Conclusion: Critical Dystopia and Possibilities 233
Notes on Contributors 251
Index 255
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