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Indian Science Fiction: Patterns, History and Hybridity

Indian Science Fiction: Patterns, History and Hybridity

by Suparno Banerjee

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This study draws from postcolonial theory, science fiction criticism, utopian studies, genre theory, Western and Indian philosophy and history to propose that Indian science fiction functions at the intersection of Indian and Western cultures. The author deploys a diachronic and comparative approach in examining the multilingual science fiction traditions of India to trace the overarching generic evolutions, which he complements with an analysis of specific patterns of hybridity in the genre’s formal and thematic elements – time, space, characters and the epistemologies that build the worlds in Indian science fiction. The work explores the larger patterns and connections visible despite the linguistic and cultural diversities of Indian science fiction traditions.

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ISBN-13: 9781786836687
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 10/15/2020
Series: New Dimensions in Science Fiction
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 589 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Chronology Introduction: To Mark or Not to Mark Territories 1. Genealogies: A Brief History of Indian SF 2. Cognitions and Estrangements: Epistemes and the World-Building in Indian Sf 3. Other Times: Alternative Histories, Imagining the Future and Non-Linear Temporalities 4. Other Spaces: Utopian Discourses and Non-Expansionist Journeys 5. The Others: Aliens, Robots, Cyborgs and Other Others Conclusion: Close Encounters Notes Bibliography: Primary Texts Bibliography: Secondary Texts

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