Category Archives: 1. SF & UTOPIANISM

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2022 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

POSTSCRIPT TO ESTRANGEMENT AND COGNITION (2014, 400 words)

Darko Suvin //strangehorizons.com/2014/20141124/1suvin-a.shtml, 2014 A brief addition to the early basic definition of SF as interaction of estrangement and cognition, stressing that it is in best cases done from the point of view and stance of dissident class/es from below.

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ON U.K. LE GUIN’S SPEECH AT NAT. BOOK AWARDS (2014, 1,860 words)

A/ URSULA K. LE GUIN, SPEECH [AT NAT. BOOK AWARDS 2014] B/ ON LE GUIN AND HER DECLARATION OF THE ARTS’ INDEPENDENCE FROM CAPITALISM [DS COMMENT ON HER SPEECH] A/ The Guardian, 20 November 2014 22.00 GMT   Ursula K … Continue reading

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DEFINED BY A HOLLOW: ESSAYS ON UTOPIA, SCIENCE FICTION, AND POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY (2010, 15,800 words)

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PHILLIP E. WEGNER [PREFACE TO DEFINED BY A HOLLOW]: EMERGING FROM THE FLOOD IN WHICH WE ARE SINKING, OR, READING WITH DARKO SUVIN (AGAIN) (2010, 6,440 words)

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WE’VE MET THE ALIENS AND THEY ARE US: WEINBAUM’S PARABLES OF CLASS (1993-2010, 9,960 words)

D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021. ch29

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INTRODUCTION 2008 (TO DEFINED BY A HOLLOW): ON HOLLOW, OR AN ALARMED DOOR (5,250 words)

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SOME DIFFERENTIATIONS WITHIN THE CONCEPTS OF “MYTH” (2007, 2,950 words)

R. Littlejohns and S. Soncini eds., Myths of Europe. Rodopi. , 2007 This brief overview is divided into sections: 1.1 Approaching “myth” and its divergent, indeed incompatible meanings; discussing first (in 1.2) Cassirer: all creative thought is myth; then (in … Continue reading

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COGNITION, FREEDOM, THE DISPOSSESSED AS A CLASSIC (2007, 15,970 words)

COGNITION, FREEDOM, THE DISPOSSESSED AS A CLASSIC (2007) D. Suvin, Parables of Freedom and Narrative Logics: Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction and Utopianism, 2 Vols. Ed. Eric D. Smith. Oxford: P. Lang, 2021.chapter 10

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FIVE FAREWELL FANTASIES OF 2006-08 [POEMS] (1,010 words)

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FANTASY AS CRITIQUE AND COGNITION: MARX’S BLACK METAMORPHOSES OF LIVING LABOUR (2006, 3,200 words)

C. Bordoni ed., Linee d’ombra: letture del fantastico in onore di Romolo Runcini. Pellegrini Discussion of possible uses of Fantasy on texts of MArx, written 2003-05 (3,200 words)

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