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Scale and Speculative Futures in Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312

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Hannah, Matthew G. ; Mayer, Sylvia:
Scale and Speculative Futures in Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312.
In: Cortiel, Jeanne ; Hanke, Christine ; Hutta, Jan Simon ; Milburn, Colin (ed.): Practices of Speculation : Modeling, Embodiment, Figuration. - Bielefeld : transcript , 2020 . - pp. 191-208 . - (Culture & Theory ; 202 )
ISBN 978-3-8394-4751-2
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839447512-009

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The essay discusses two science fiction novels that engage with contemporary key technologies: Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker (1980), which speculates about possible effects of nuclear technology, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 (2012), which speculates about possible consequences of computational, biomedical, and geoengineering technologies. It focuses on the spatiality of the future worlds presented by these novels and demonstrate how “scale” as a narrative strategy draws attention to the relevance of spatial and scalar structuring in fictional future worlds—and, by implication, in nonfictional worlds, as well. The re-scaled future worlds of Riddley Walker and 2312 shed light on the dynamics of the social constitution of both space and time and on the potential hazards of technological modernization.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair American Studies/ Anglophone Literatures and Cultures > Chair American Studies/ Anglophone Literatures and Cultures - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 810 American literature in English
800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 13:40
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2021 13:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/61463