Virtual or Immediate Touch: Queer Adaptations of Paradise Lost in Science Fiction and Fantasy
In “Virtual or Immediate Touch: Queer Adaptations of Paradise Lost in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” Lara Dodds argues that adaptation itself, and science fictional adaptation in particular, represents a critical tool for queer theory. Taking as her starting point Adam and Raphael’s discussion of angelic sexuality in Book 8 of Paradise Lost, Dodds shows that much critical conversation around this exchange has been shaped by presumptive knowledge. Exploring fantasy and science fiction as genres for queer adaptation, Dodds explicates adaptations of Adam and Raphael’s colloquy in two late-twentieth-century works: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and Raphael Carter’s cyberpunk novel The Fortunate Fall. Although these representations have their own limitations, they exemplify the kinds of salient queer interpretive frameworks available in fantasy and science fiction.