The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

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In twelve critical and interdisciplinary chapters, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, this anthology charts a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the ...

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In twelve critical and interdisciplinary chapters, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, this anthology charts a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.

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Masood Ashraf Raja is an assistant professor of Postcolonial literature and theory at the University of North Texas, and editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. Jason W. Ellis is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University and holder of an M.A. in science fiction studies from the University of Liverpool. Swaralipi Nandi is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University, whose research focus is postcolonial literature and theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Donald M. Hassler 1

Introduction Masood A. Raja Swaralipi Nandi 5

Part I Postcolonial Issues in Science Fiction

1 Science Fiction as Experimental Ground for Issues of the Postcolonial Novel Michele Braun 17

2 Truth Is Stranger: The Postnational "Aliens" of Biofiction Karen Cardozo Banu Subramaniam 30

3 Forms of Compromise: The Interaction of Humanity, Technology and Landscape in Ken MacLeod's Night Sessions Adam Frisch 46

4 The Language of Postnationality: Cultural Identity via Science Fictional Trajectories Chris Pak 56

Part II The Nation and Ethnicity in Science Fiction

5 The "Popular" Science: Bollywood's Take on Science Fiction and the Discourse of Nations Swaralipi Nandi 73

6 Postcolonial Ethics and Identity in Mike Resnick's Kirinyaga Jenn Brandt 88

7 The Frontier Myth and Racial Politics Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo 100

8 Dystopia and the Postcolonial Nation Suparno Banerjee 125

Part III Towards a Postnational Discourse

9 Body Speaks: Communication and the Limits of Nationalism in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy Katherine R. Broad 141

10 Engineering a Cosmopolitan Future: Race, Nation, and World of Warcraft Jason W. Ellis 156

11 When "Nation" Stops Making Sense: Mexico and Giorgio Agamben's "State of Exception" in Children of Men Stacy Schmitt Rusnak 174

12 Fantastic Language/Political Reporting: The Postcolonial Science Fiction Illocutionary Force Is with Us Marleen S. Barr 188

About the Contributors 211

Index 213

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