Gothic Science Fiction


Edited by Sara Wasson and Emily Alder

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ISBN: 9781781380031

Publication: April 3, 2014

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 41

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This timely book explores what might be termed ‘Gothic science fiction’ from 1980 to 2010. This designation may at first appear contradictory, as the Gothic’s connotations of the irrational and supernatural seem to conflict with the rational foundations of science fiction. However, this collection demonstrates that the two categories in fact overlap and intersect in creatively and critically fruitful ways. Understanding texts of this period by means of this hybrid category allows a fresh examination of their engagement with the dramatic socio-economic changes – in communication technology, medical science, globalization, and global politics – that have transformed the way we live, and for which Gothic science fiction texts provide compelling narrative modes. The essays in this collection reflect the current willingness among researchers to explore interpretations across genre, form, and discipline, as well as revealing a buoyant field of research in contemporary Gothic and science fiction studies. The collection ranges across narrative media (including literature, film, graphic novels and trading card games) and across genres, taking in horror, science fiction, the Gothic, the New Weird and more. The essays explore questions of genre, medical science, gender, biopower and capitalism, demonstrating the ways in which Gothic science fiction texts stage contemporary concerns around power, anxiety, resistance and capital.

Emily Alder is Lecturer in Literature at Edinburgh Napier University.

Sara Wasson is Lecturer in Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University and author of 'Urban Gothic of the Second World War: Dark London' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Acknowledgements List of illustrations Foreword - Adam Roberts Notes on contributors Introduction - Sara Wasson and Emily Alder Part I: Redefining Genres 1. In the Zone: Topologies of Genre Weirdness - Roger Luckhurst 2. Zombie Death Drive: Between Gothic and Science Fiction - Fred Botting Part II: Biopower & Capital 3. ‘Death is Irrelevant’: Gothic Science Fiction and the Biopolitics of Empire - Aris Mousoutzanis 4. ‘A Butcher’s Shop where the Meat Still Moved’: Gothic Doubles, Organ Harvesting and Human Cloning - Sara Wasson 5. Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos, or the Pleasures of Impurity - Laurence Davies 6. Infected with Life: Neo-Supernaturalism and the Gothic Zombie - Gwyneth Peaty 7. Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson’s Gap Cycle - Emily Alder Part III: Gender and Genre 8. The Superheated, Superdense Prose of David Conway: Gender and Subjectivity Beyond The Starry Wisdom - Mark P. Williams 9. Spatialized Ontologies: Toni Morrison’s Science Fiction Traces in Gothic Spaces - Jerrilyn McGregory 10. The Gothic Punk Milieu in Popular Narrative Fictions - Nickianne Moody 11. Gothic Science Fiction in the Steampunk Graphic Novel: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Laura Hilton Index

This is a successful volume that will appeal to students and scholars of English-language sf. Many of the articles are excellent and will prove to be essential for scholars researching Gothic sf.
Elizabeth Berkebile McManus   Science Fiction Studies, vol 39
Northwestern University

It’s about time that there was a publication such as this, which explores this relationship between the two genres – and the often hybrid nature of that relationship – in a manner that is timely, relevant, and generally, very interesting indeed. This is a valuable collection which should appeal to scholars working in the growing fields of Gothic and SF studies.
Bernice Murphy  
Trinity College, Dublin

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

219 Pages

ISBN: 9781781380031

Publication: April 3, 2014

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 41

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