Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?: A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation

  • Title: Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?: A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation
  • Author: Seo-Young Chu
  • ISBN: 9780674055179
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep A Science Fictional Theory of Representation In culture and scholarship science fictional worlds are perceived as unrealistic and altogether imaginary Seo Young Chu offers a bold challenge to this perception of the genre arguing instead that s
    In culture and scholarship, science fictional worlds are perceived as unrealistic and altogether imaginary Seo Young Chu offers a bold challenge to this perception of the genre, arguing instead that science fiction is a form of high intensity realism capable of representing non imaginary objects that elude traditional, realist modes of representation Powered byIn culture and scholarship, science fictional worlds are perceived as unrealistic and altogether imaginary Seo Young Chu offers a bold challenge to this perception of the genre, arguing instead that science fiction is a form of high intensity realism capable of representing non imaginary objects that elude traditional, realist modes of representation Powered by lyric forces that allow it to transcend the dichotomy between the literal and the figurative, science fiction has the capacity to accommodate objects of representation that are themselves neither entirely figurative nor entirely literal in nature Chu explores the globalized world, cyberspace, war trauma, the Korean concept of han, and the rights of robots, all as referents for which she locates science fictional representations in poems, novels, music, films, visual pieces, and other works ranging within and without previous demarcations of the science fiction genre In showing the divide between realism and science fiction to be illusory, Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep sheds new light on the value of science fiction as an aesthetic and philosophical resource one that matters and as our everyday realities grow increasingly resistant to straightforward representation.

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    1. In another life, I worked at Korean University and was studying/writing on the works of the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in as close detail as I could, and I went to a conference on narratology to speak on Cha. While I was there, I expressed interest in critical narrative theory as applied to poetry, science fiction, and comic books. Someone suggested this book because it spoke to both Cha, Korean cultural studies, and an expanded view of works of science fiction. Now, Cha's Dictee is not science ficti [...]

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    2. An absolutely brilliant examination of the poetics of Science Fiction, but it has one major flaw, as I see it: a work very much like this already exists, and the author doesn't cite it at all (most likely because the work is out of print, but still): The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction by Gary K. Wolfe (1979). I have to say, too, that I am not so sure that we can divorce science fiction structure from the allegorical worlds that the cognitive estrangement that structure [...]

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