WRIT329: CONTEMPORARY THEORYLeigh Blackmore
methodologies to interrogate how these techniques play out in thenovels. I will also examine the notion of aporia and absence in bothnovels, and touch on their problematic treatment of women’s roles.(I feel it’s important to at least point to the need for a feministanalysis, although a thorough one requires a separate paper). I willdemonstrate that Harrison, more concerned with writing aboutpeople than hi-tech hardware, can both work within and redefine the‘constraints’ of genre sf.
Definition of sf/fantasy ;“Escapism” and “Consolatory fantasy”;Genre Expectation; “Space opera”.
Defining sf is no easy task – Wolfe (
provides four pages worth of definitions, and monographs havebeen written on the subject (see, e.g., Freedman). Edward Jameswrites: “sf constitutes a bundle whose contents are constantlychanging, from decade to decade, from critic to critic, and fromcountry to country.” (James, 1) and “sf is a label that can be appliedto everything from heavy philosophy to invading meatloaf.” (James,2).
Parrinder calls fantasy “ a branch of the historical romance inwhich nostalgia for a lost age of individualism is accentuated by theevocation of a quasi-feudal world of sorcerers and kings.” (Parrinder,xv). “Consolatory fantasy” is a term describing certain types of genre fiction (“commercial,” “generic” or “normative” fantasy/sf )
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