Space for Peace: Fragments of the Irish Troubles in the Science Fiction of Bob Shaw and James White - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies 68 (Hardback)Richard Howard (author)
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Although lauded in the international science fiction scene for their innovations in the genre, Shaw and White's work has been relatively ignored within Irish Studies. This book connects the emergence of science fiction in Belfast with the position of the city as the locus of technological development on the island of Ireland, and the development of a corresponding technological imaginary. Breaking new ground in the study of Irish modernity, Richard Howard draws parallels between the narratives of Shaw and White and the persistent influence of historical narratives embodied by the two-traditions paradigm in the region, as well as exploring the figure of the alien both in science fiction and in the history of Northern Ireland. He also considers the works of Shaw and White as utopian gestures against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles, finding both repressive and redemptive elements therein. The book makes an important contribution to the growing conversation about Irish science fiction and our understanding of modernity in Ireland.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 239 x 163 mm
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