The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction

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Early science fiction has often been associated almost exclusively with Northern industrialized nations. In this groundbreaking exploration of the science fiction written in Latin America prior to 1920, Rachel Haywood Ferreira argues that science fiction has always been a global genre. She traces how and why the genre quickly reached Latin America and analyzes how writers in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico adapted science fiction to reflect their own realities. Among the texts discussed are one of the first ...
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Overview

Early science fiction has often been associated almost exclusively with Northern industrialized nations. In this groundbreaking exploration of the science fiction written in Latin America prior to 1920, Rachel Haywood Ferreira argues that science fiction has always been a global genre. She traces how and why the genre quickly reached Latin America and analyzes how writers in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico adapted science fiction to reflect their own realities. Among the texts discussed are one of the first defenses of Darwinism in Latin America, a tale of a time-traveling history book, and a Latin American Frankenstein. Latin American science fiction writers have long been active participants in the sf literary tradition, expanding the limits of the genre and deepening our perception of the role of science and technology in the Latin American imagination. The book includes a chronological bibliography of science fiction published from 1775 to 1920 in all Latin American countries.
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“…an engrossing, readable history of the genesis of modern Latin American sf. … Haywood Ferreira recounts this intellectually exciting literary adventure with skill and verve.”—Michael A. Morrison, World Literature Today

“This fascinating exploration of Latin American SF prior to 1920 points to a parallel tradition to the much better-known North American one.”—Jeff VanderMeer, Omnivoracious

“Free of academic cant and jargon, sure to appeal to any reader with a cosmopolitan bent, this book restores a collateral branch of the global SF family to its North American and European relatives, engineering a reunion that can only benefit everyone, north and south, east and west.”—Paul Di Filippo, Locus

“...a much-needed, well-written account of the origins of the genre in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil from 1850 to 1920...a pleasure for both the Latin Americanist and the sf researcher.” —Juan C. Toledano Redondo, Science Fiction Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819570826
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

RACHEL HAYWOOD FERREIRA is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Iowa State University. Her articles on early and golden age Latin American science fiction have appeared in Science Fiction Studies, Hispania, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and Extrapolation.
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Table of Contents

List of images Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Displacement in Space and Time: The Latin American Utopia and Dystopia Chapter 2: The Impact of Darwinism: Civilization and Barbarism Meet Evolution and Devolution Chapter 3: Strange Forces: Exploring the Limits of Science Chapter 4: The Double: From Science to Technology Chronology of Latin American Science Fiction through c. 1920
Endnotes Bibliography of Primary Texts of Latin American Science Fiction through c. 1920
Bibliography of Secondary Sources

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