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Lecture 4

ENG 503 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Speculative Fiction, New Worlds (Magazine), New Weird


Department
English
Course Code
ENG 503
Professor
David Copeland
Lecture
4

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ENG 503 Lecture 4 31/01/14
Outopia – No place
Eutopia – Good place
Some utopias are outside of time.
How does it depart from conventional Utopia
oNarrative Form
oTime
oImperfection
oPolitics
Bespeaks POWER, POWER IMBALANCES, POWER HUNGRY
PEOPLE, and PARTIES
Book about people who are in conflict with the authorities.
NEW WAVE is a term
oAssociated with two factors
A group of writers who emerge from BRITAIN and AMERICA in the
60’s who react against the ‘HARD SF’ of the previous 30 yrs and at
the same time seek
Resulting ‘SOFT SF’ which produces more literary SF notable for its
characterization, its concern with contemporary issues of social
concern, more women published, and more acceptance of SF as it
begins to leave its core readership (teen boys)
oMichael Moorcok, in NEW WORLDS (magazine)
Wants to redefine SF as speculative fiction
Resulting in “an important revitalization of literature”
NEW WEIRD
oCombines Speculative SF
HARD SF such as cyborgs- “Remades” in Perdido
oand aspects of Horror Fiction
H.P. Lovecraft cited as inspiration
Mieville’s case. MERVYN PAYNE
Mieville
oTrashed Tolkien
Others also hate Tolkien
oWrote to reverse Tolkien’s work
SEE: Roger Luckhurst’s SCIENCE FICTION (CAMBRIDGE: POLITY PRESS, 2005),
142-195.