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Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East


Edited By Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche

The first collection of its kind, this anthology documents a radically different geography and history of science fiction in the world. Western, specifically Anglo-American, SF is not the only hub of the global trade of alternative realities and futures. Rather it is but only one of several competing flows and circuits of distribution, contacts, influence, translation, adaptation, and collaboration, across space and time. The essays collected here focus on arguably the biggest and most influential of those competing hubs: the socialist world and its extensive cultural networks across the global South and East. Written by scholars from around the world, the chapters address the «other» transatlantic of the Caribbean, Latin America, African America, and the Soviet Union; the surprising multitude of transnational networks behind the Iron Curtain; and asymptotic and subterranean discourses across Russia, India, and China. Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East is intended for scholars, students, and fans interested in science fiction, popular culture, comparative literature, film studies, postcolonialism, techno-science, translation studies, and the literature and cultures of China, Cuba, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, and Russia.

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ANINDITA BANERJEE is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. Her research focuses on technology and culture, energy and the environment, media studies, and migration studies across postsocialist and postcolonial spaces. She is the author of We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), which won the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies book prize from the University of California. She co-edits the book series Global Studies in Science Fiction at Palgrave Macmillan, and has edited a number of journal issues and scholarly anthologies in the diverse areas of her research. She is currently completing a second book on nuclear imagination in the Anthropocene.

JINYI CHU is a PhD candidate in Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford University. His research focuses on late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Russian literature (Lev Tolstoy, Nikolay Gumilev, Aleksey Remizov, Boris Pasternak), Russo-Chinese cultural interactions, and late socialist culture. He is currently writing a dissertation on the Russian modernist imagination of China.

ANTONIO CORDOBA is Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Manhattan College. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Latin American literature, film and culture, and Spanish-speaking science fiction. His book ¿Extranjero en tierra extraña? El género de la ciencia ficción en América Latina (Stranger in a Strange Land? The Science Fiction Genre in Latin America) was published in 2011....

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