Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations Of Asia In Science Fiction by Isiah Lavender

Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations Of Asia In Science Fiction

EditorIsiah Lavender

Paper over Board | April 7, 2017

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With contributions by:

Suparno Banerjee, Cait Coker, Jeshua Enriquez, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Malisa Kurtz, Stephanie Li, Bradford Lyau, Uppinder Mehan, Graham J. Murphy, Baryon Tensor Posadas, Amy J. Ransom, Robin Anne Reid, Haerin Shin, Stephen Hong Sohn, Takayuki Tatsumi, and Timothy J. Yamamura

Isiah Lavender III''s Dis-Orienting Planets amplifies critical issues surrounding the racial and ethnic dimensions of science fiction. This edited volume explores depictions of Asia and Asians in science fiction literature, film, and fandom with particular regard to China, Japan, India, and Korea.

Dis-Orienting Planets highlights so-called yellow and brown peoples from the constellation of a historically white genre. The collection launches into political representations of Asian identity in science fiction''s imagination, from fear of the Yellow Peril and its racist stereotypes to techno-Orientalism and the remains of a postcolonial heritage. Thus the essays, by contributors such as Takayuki Tatsumi, Veronica Hollinger, Uppinder Mehan, and Stephen Hong Sohn, reconfigure the very study of race in science fiction.

A follow-up to Lavender''s Black and Brown Planets, this new collection expands the racial politics governing the renewed visibility of Asia in science fiction. One of the few on this subject, the volume probes Gary Shteyngart''s novel Super Sad True Love Story, the acclaimed film Cloud Atlas, and Guillermo del Toro''s monster film Pacific Rim, among others. Dis-Orienting Planets embarks on a wide-ranging assessment of Asian representations in science fiction, upon the determination that our visions of the future must include all people of color.

Isiah Lavender III is associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is author of Race in American Science Fiction and editor of Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction, published by University Press of Mississippi.Isiah Lavender III, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is associate professor of English a...
Title:Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations Of Asia In Science FictionFormat:Paper over BoardProduct dimensions:282 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:282 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inPublished:April 7, 2017Publisher:University Press of MississippiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1496811526

ISBN - 13:9781496811523

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...the collection will be of use and of interest to scholars at a range of levels. - Katherine E. Bishop - Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research