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By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout

ISBN-10: 1628921153

ISBN-13: 9781628921151

As either an extra-terrestrial and a terrestrial migrant, the alien presents a serious framework to aid us comprehend the interactions among cultures and to discover the transgressive strength of shuttle over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders. providing a viewpoint at the alien that connects to scholarship on immigration and globalization, Alien Imaginations brings jointly canonical and modern works within the literature and cinema of technology fiction and transnationalism. through studying the position of the alien during the issues of language, anxiousness and id, the essays during this assortment interact with authors corresponding to H.G. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip ok. Dick and Yoko Tawada in addition to administrators equivalent to Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron and Michael Winterbottom. targeting works which are eu and North American in beginning, the readings during this quantity discover their severe cause and their strength to undermine a few of the vital notions of Western hegemonic discourses. Alien Imaginations reflects upon modern cultural imaginaries in addition to the realities of migration, exertions and existence, suggesting versions of resistance, if no longer utopian horizons.

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Art as communication In his philosophical story, “Voyage to Faremido” (1916) about the first fictional robot society and culture, Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy shifts the perspective on the relation between the alien other and alien art to the present and the problem of communication. 19 Throughout the story, other intertextual references include various Enlightenment utopian-dystopian narratives ranging from Voltaire (Micromégas, 1752) to Jean Paul (Der Maschinemann/Machine Man, 1789), as well as contemporaries such as H.

The most important works had titles such as The Head, He, She, Us, It! They placed no limits on the imagination. For example, a head in a flower vase—it could mean anything. However, when the public began to take notice of me, Castringius was forced to produce something more substantial. ” was his obstinate maxim. Now came works such as Mad Pope Innocence Dancing the Cardinals’ Quadrille. , emphases in the original While before the narrator always maintained the role of a distant albeit uncritical observer, it is after viewing these paintings, ironically, that he fully merges with the mindset of “the other side” (and it is only shortly after this that he meets and sees Patera for the first and only time).

8 They not only challenge the definition of the self in its relation to the alien other but (re-)define traditional concepts of mediality and art in general and established differences between the written word and other artistic languages in particular. Also, the three works show a shift in and development of the notion of art that is characteristic for the modern era: Kubin’s apocalyptic novel reads as a morbid analysis of the contemporary “state of the art” that centers around convention and the idealization of the past, Karinthy rehabilitates art as a, if not the, means of communication in the present thus unveiling new aesthetic potentials, while Zamyatin’s novel enhances art’s potential by presenting it as a means of cognition in the future.

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