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Studies in Global Science Fiction

Italian Science Fiction

The Other in Literature and Film

Authors: Brioni, Simone, Comberiati, Daniele

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  • Contributes to film studies, the study of women writers, critical race theory, comics studies, and adaptation studies
  • Studies memory of colonialism in Italian popular culture
  • Examines the links between migration, colonialism, racism, and multiculturalism in Italian Science Fiction
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This book explores Italian science fiction from 1861, the year of Italy’s unification, to the present day, focusing on how this genre helped shape notions of Otherness and Normalness. In particular, Italian Science Fiction draws upon critical race studies, postcolonial theory, and feminist studies to explore how migration, colonialism, multiculturalism, and racism have been represented in genre film and literature. Topics include the role of science fiction in constructing a national identity; the representation and self-representation of “alien” immigrants in Italy; the creation of internal “Others,” such as southerners and Roma; the intersections of gender and race discrimination; and Italian science fiction’s transnational dialogue with foreign science fiction. This book reveals that though it is arguably a minor genre in Italy, science fiction offers an innovative interpretive angle for rethinking Italian history and imagining future change in Italian society.

About the authors

Simone Brioni is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, USA. His research focuses on migration studies and postcolonial theory with a particular emphasis on contemporary Italian culture.

Daniele Comberiati is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Italian Studies at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France. His research fields include migration literature, postcolonial studies, comics and graphic novels, and eighteenth-century travel literature.


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“This imaginative and ambitious work brilliantly insists on the relevance of Italy's distinctive contribution to global science fiction. Brioni and Comberiati take us on an exciting journey, from nineteenth-century future histories to postmodern dystopias, and skillfully trace the multiple intersecting rays cast by transnational generic conventions and local and regional hopes, fears and dreams. A remarkably original perspective on Italian literature and film, this book offers rich materials and nuanced critical reflections that will expand the ways we think about SF and cultural difference.” (Florian Mussgnug, Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature, University College of London, UK) 

“By tracing a history of Italian science fiction literature and film on the representation of the Other, this book is an ethical, critical study that focuses on histories and subjectivities that have been silenced and forgotten. A timely book that finally fills a gap, Italian Science Fiction is destined to become a standard reference for both established and new scholars interested in the history of science fiction and its development in Italian literature and cinema.” (Raffaella Baccolini, Professor of English and Gender Studies, University of Bologna, Forlì Campus, Italy) 

“With Italian Science Fiction: The Other in Literature and Film, Brioni and Comberiati meaningfully engage the pertinent political and cultural issues of today regarding the presence of racism, national belonging, and colonialism in Italy while placing a spotlight on gothic themes used to generate fear of the other. Their chronological approach takes readers on an absorbing journey from the nineteenth century Italian colonization effort in Africa to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and beyond.” (Isiah Lavender III, Sterling-Goodman Professor of English, University of Georgia, USA)

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19325-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italian Science Fiction
Book Subtitle
The Other in Literature and Film
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Global Science Fiction
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19326-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19326-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19325-6
Series ISSN
2569-8826
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 289
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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