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Italian Science Fiction

The Other in Literature and Film

  • Simone Brioni
  • Daniele Comberiati
Book

Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 1-29
  3. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 31-63
  4. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 65-81
  5. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 83-108
  6. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 109-136
  7. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 137-162
  8. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 163-182
  9. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 183-204
  10. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 205-231
  11. Simone Brioni, Daniele Comberiati
    Pages 233-244
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 245-289

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

postcolonial Italy science fiction area studies migration and Italy colonialism and Italy Italian science fiction futurism and literature utopian literature dystopian literature post-apocalyptic literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Simone Brioni
    • 1
  • Daniele Comberiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3MontpellierFrance

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