Astrofuturism

Astrofuturism
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
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Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780812200669
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space is the first full-scale analysis of an aesthetic, scientific, and political movement that sought the amelioration of racial difference and social antagonisms through the conquest of space. Drawing on the popular science writing and science fiction of an eclectic group of scientists, engineers, and popular writers, De Witt Douglas Kilgore investigates how the American tradition of technological utopianism responded to the political upheavals of the twentieth century. Founded in the imperial politics and utopian schemes of the nineteenth century, astrofuturism envisions outer space as an endless frontier that offers solutions to the economic and political problems that dominate the modern world. Its advocates use the conventions of technological and scientific conquest to consolidate or challenge the racial and gender hierarchies codified in narratives of exploration. Because the icon of space carries both the imperatives of an imperial past and the democratic hopes of its erstwhile subjects, its study exposes the ideals and contradictions endemic to American culture. Kilgore argues that in the decades following the Second World War the subject of race became the most potent signifier of political crisis for the predominantly white and male ranks of astrofuturism. In response to criticism inspired by the civil rights movement and the new left, astrofuturists imagined space frontiers that could extend the reach of the human species and heal its historical wounds. Their work both replicated dominant social presuppositions and supplied the resources necessary for the critical utopian projects that emerged from the antiracist, socialist, and feminist movements of the twentieth century. This survey of diverse bodies of literature conveys the dramatic and creative syntheses that astrofuturism envisions between people and machines, social imperatives and political hope, physical knowledge and technological power. Bringing American studies, utopian literature, popular conceptions of race and gender, and the cultural study of science and technology into dialogue, Astrofuturism will provide scholars of American culture, fans of science fiction, and readers of science writing with fresh perspectives on both canonical and cutting-edge astrofuturist visions.

Astrofuturism
  • Author : De Witt Douglas Kilgore
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-03

Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space is the first full-scale analysis of an aesthetic, scientific, and political movement that sought the amelioration of racial difference and social antagonisms through the conquest of space. Drawing on the popular science writing and science fiction of an eclectic group of

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Imagining Outer Space
  • Author : Alexander C.T. Geppert
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2012-02-07

Imagining Outer Space makes a captivating advance into the cultural history of outer space and extraterrestrial life in the twentieth-century imagination. Bringing together seventeen state-of-the-art essays, the volume explores the complexities of West-European astroculture and breaks new ground in the historicization of the Space Age.

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The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction
  • Author : Rob Latham
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-09-01

The excitement of possible futures found in science fiction has long fired the human imagination, but the genre's acceptance by academe is relatively recent. No longer marginalized and fighting for respectability, science-fictional works are now studied alongside more traditional art forms. Tracing the capacious genre's birth, evolution, and impact across

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Critical Terms in Futures Studies
  • Author : Heike Paul
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2019-12-02

This volume provides the essential vocabulary currently employed in discourses on the future in 50 contributions by renowned scholars in their respective fields, which examine future imaginaries across cultures and time. Not situated in the field of “futurology” proper, it comes at future studies ‘sideways’ and offers a multidisciplinary treatment of

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  • Release Date : 1995

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Science fiction Studies
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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2007

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Mothership
  • Author : Bill Campbell,Edward Austin Hall
  • Publisher : Rosarium Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-01-30

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond is a groundbreaking speculative fiction anthology that showcases the work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction across the globe—including Junot Diaz, Victor LaValle, Lauren Beukes, N. K. Jemisin, Rabih Alameddine, S. P. Somtow, and more. These authors

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Blutopia
  • Author : Graham Lock
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 1999

An analysis of the portrayal of African American life, history, and possibility in the work of three important jazz composers.

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The Sound of Culture
  • Author : Louis Chude-Sokei
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-29

The Sound of Culture explores the histories of race and technology in a world made by slavery, colonialism, and industrialization. Beginning in the late nineteenth century and moving through to the twenty-first, the book argues for the dependent nature of those histories. Looking at American, British, and Caribbean literature, it

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Black and Brown Planets
  • Author : Isiah Lavender III
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2014-09-25

Black and Brown Planets embarks on a timely exploration of the American obsession with color in its look at the sometimes contrary intersections of politics and race in science fiction. The contributors, including De Witt D. Kilgore, Edward James, Lisa Yaszek, and Marleen S. Barr, among others, explore science fiction

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Limiting Outer Space
  • Author : Alexander C.T. Geppert
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-04-18

Limiting Outer Space propels the historicization of outer space by focusing on the Post-Apollo period. After the moon landings, disillusionment set in. Outer space, no longer considered the inevitable destination of human expansion, lost much of its popular appeal, cultural significance and political urgency. With the rapid waning of the

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The Hero and the Perennial Journey Home in American Film
  • Author : Susan Mackey-Kallis
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-03

In contemporary America, myths find expression primarily in film. What's more, many of the highest-grossing American movies of the past several decades have been rooted in one of the most fundamental mythic narratives, the hero quest. Why is the hero quest so persistently renewed and retold? In what ways does

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The Deep
  • Author : Rivers Solomon,Daveed Diggs,William Hutson,Jonathan Snipes
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-11-05

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed

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Afrofuturism 2 0
  • Author : Reynaldo Anderson,Charles E. Jones
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2015-12-16

The ideas and practices related to afrofuturism have existed for most of the 20th century, especially in the north American African diaspora community. After Mark Dery coined the word "afrofuturism" in 1993, Alondra Nelson as a member of an online forum, along with other participants, began to explore the initial terrain

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