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Futuristic Worlds in Australian Aboriginal Fiction


Iva Polak

This is the first study that brings together the theory of the fantastic with the vibrant corpus of Australian Aboriginal fiction on futurities. Selected works by Ellen van Neerven, Sam Watson, Archie Weller, Eric Willmot and Alexis Wright are analysed as fictional prose texts that construct alternative future worlds. They offer a distinctive contribution to the relatively new field of non-mainstream science fiction that has entered the critical domain of late, often under the title of postcolonial science fiction. The structures of these alternative worlds reveal a relationship – sometimes straightforward, sometimes more complex – with the established paradigms of the genre. The novelty of their stories comes from the authors’ cultural memory and experience of having survived the «end of the world» brought about by colonisation. Their answers to our futurity contain different novums that debunk the myth of progress in order to raise the issue of a future without a human face.
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Projects such as this are largely reclusive, but I am deeply thankful to many people who have encouraged my research in different ways. I am grateful to Dunja Fališevac, who provided me with the theoretical backbone of the fantastic many moons ago. I would also like to thank Van Ikin for generously sending me many issues of his SF magazine from Perth to Zagreb, and thus introducing me to Australian SF criticism. I am indebted to the staff of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide, especially to Mandy Treagus and Amanda Nettelbeck, for hosting my stay in 2014 and 2015. I owe warm thanks to the interlibrary loan team at the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide – Maria, Vikki, Robin, Jillian, Margaret, Sonja, Prathna and Laura – for providing an impeccable service.

There were also those who showered me with unconditional support when my writing came to a sudden halt, and who continue to do so to this day. Thank you to Vanja, who nursed me back to health. Thank you to Ivana ab imo pectore, who kept me going and who was the first to read the manuscript. Thank you also to my dad, Danijel and Buby for being my silver lining.

Above all, I am deeply grateful to Christine Nicholls for her overwhelming intellectual and personal support, for providing me with a home away from home, and for teaching me not to back away from sensitive and...

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