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Old futures : speculative fiction and queer possibility

Author: Alexis Lothian
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2018]
Series: Postmillennial pop.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Old Futures traverses the history of imagined futures from the 1890s to the 2010s, interweaving speculative visions of gender, race, and sexuality from literature, film, and digital media. Centering works by women, queers, and people of color that are marginalized within most accounts of the genre, the book offers a new perspective on speculative fiction studies while reframing established theories of queer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
(OCoLC)1031945461
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis Lothian
ISBN: 9781479811748 1479811742 9781479854585 1479854581
OCLC Number: 1102594005
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : the future's queer histories --
Part I.A history of no future : feminism, eugenics, and reproductive imaginaries. Utopian interventions to the reproduction of empire --
Dystopian impulses, feminist negativity, and the fascism of the baby's face --
Wormhole. The future stops here : countering the human project --
Part II. A now that can breed futures : queerness and pleasure in black science fiction --
Afrofuturist entanglements of gender, eugenics, and queer possibility --
Science fiction worlding and speculative sex --
Wormhole. Try this at home : networked public sexual fantasy --
Part III. It's the future, but it looks like the present : queer speculations on media time. Queer deviations from the future on screen --
How to remix the future --
Epilogue : queer geek politics after the future.
Series Title: Postmillennial pop.
Responsibility: Alexis Lothian.

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Old Futures traverses the history of imagined futures from the 1890s to the 2010s, interweaving speculative visions of gender, race, and sexuality from literature, film, and digital media. Centering works by women, queers, and people of color that are marginalized within most accounts of the genre, the book offers a new perspective on speculative fiction studies while reframing established theories of queer temporality by arguing that futures imagined in the past offer new ways to queer the present. Imagined futures have been central to the creation and maintenance of imperial domination and technological modernity; Old Futures rewrites the history of the future by gathering together works that counter such narratives even as they are part of them. Lothian explores how queer possibilities are constructed and deconstructed through extrapolative projections and affective engagements with alternative temporalities. The book is structured in three parts, each addressing one convergence of political economy, theoretical framework, and narrative form that has given rise to a formation of speculative futurity. Six main chapters focus on white feminist utopias and dystopias of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; on Afrofuturist narratives that turn the dehumanization of black lives into feminist and queer visions of transformation; on futuristic landscapes in queer speculative cinema; and on fan creators' digital interventions into televised futures. Two shorter chapters, named "Wormholes" in homage to the science fiction trope of a time-space distortion that connects distant locations, highlight current resonances of the old futures under discussion.

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