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Page, Joanna. Science Fiction in Argentina: Technologies of the Text in a Material Multiverse. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.3998/dcbooks.13607062.0001.001
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-472-07310-8
BibTeX citation key: Page2016
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Keywords: "Caín", "Ciudad", "El Eternauta", Archive, Argentina, Barreiro. Ricardo, Benjamin. Walter, Jiménez. Carlos, Latin America, Oesterheld. Hector, Risso. Eduardo, Science Fiction
Creators: Page
Publisher: Univ. of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor)
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It has become something of a critical commonplace to claim that science fiction does not actually exist in Argentina. This book puts that claim to rest by identifying and analyzing a rich body of work that fits squarely in the genre. Joanna Page explores a range of texts stretching from 1875 to the present day and across a variety of media-literature, cinema, theatre, and comics—and studies the particular inflection many common discourses of science fiction (e.g., abuse of technology by authoritarian regimes, apocalyptic visions of environmental catastrophe) receive in the Argentine context. A central aim is to historicize these texts, showing how they register and rework the contexts of their production, particularly the hallmarks of modernity as a social and cultural force in Argentina. Another aim, held in tension with the first, is to respond to an important critique of historicism that unfolds in these texts. They frequently unpick the chronology of modernity, challenging the linear, universalizing models of development that underpin historicist accounts. They therefore demand a more nuanced set of readings that work to supplement, revise, and enrich the historicist perspective.

Table of Contents


1. Fantasy and Science between Intellectuals and the Masses
– Science, Fantasy, and the Masses in Holmberg’s Narrative Fiction
– El Eternauta: The Intellectual in War and Revolution
– Conclusion: Materialism, between Darwin and Marx

2. Mediation and Materiality in Graphic Fiction
– Myth and Materiality in the Neoliberal City: Ricardo Barreiro’s Science Fiction Comics
– Comics, the Archive, and Cognitive Practices
– Conclusion: (Re)materialization in Graphic Fiction

3. Time, Technics, and the Transmission of Culture
– Cultural Transmission, Apocalypse, and the End of History in Plop
– Evolution in Reverse: Post—Darwinism and Mnemotechnics in El año del desierto
– Cruz diablo: Technics, Psychopower, and the Cybernetic Gaucho
– Conclusion: The End of (Universal) History

4. Projection, Prosthesis, Plasticity: Literature in the Age of the Image: Literature in the Age of the Image
– Life beyond Death in the Cold Chemistry of Quiroga’s Celluloid Screens
– The Magic of Machines: Anthropomorphic and Cosmomorphic Desire in La invención de Morel
– El juego de los mundos: From Prosthesis to Plasticity
– Conclusion: Plasticity and the “Dusk of Writing”

5. Beyond the Linguistic Turn: Mathematics and New Materialism in Contemporary Literature and Theater
– The Mathematics of the Material Universe: The Science Fiction Theater of Javier Daulte and Rafael Spregelburd
– New Subjectivities and New Materialisms in Marcelo Cohen’s Metafictions
– Conclusion: The “Eternal Dance of Atoms”

6. Modernity and Cinematic Time in Science Fiction Film
– Polytemporality in Estrellas and Cóndor Crux: A Critique of the Homogeneous Time of Historicism and Modernity
– Retrofuturism and Reflexivity: The Construction of Cinematic Time in La antena and La sonámbula
– Conclusion: (Post)Modernity and Cinematic Time


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