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  1. Theory for the world to come : speculative fiction and apocalyptic anthropology

    Wolf-Meyer, Matthew J.
    Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

    Can social theories forge new paths into an uncertain future? The future has become increasingly difficult to imagine. We might be able to predict a few events, but imagining how looming disasters will coincide is simultaneously necessary and impossible. Drawing on speculative fiction and social theory, Theory for the World to Come is the beginning of a conversation about theories that move beyond nihilistic conceptions of the capitalism-caused Anthropocene and toward generative bodies of thought that provoke creative ways of thinking about the world ahead. Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer draws on such authors as Kim Stanley Robinson and Octavia Butler, and engages with afrofuturism, indigenous speculative fiction, and films from the 1970s and '80s to help think differently about the future and its possibilities. Forerunners: Ideas First is a series of short books of thought-in-process scholarship, where intense analysis, questioning, and speculation take the lead.

  2. M. John Harrison : critical essays

    Canterbury, UK : Gylphi Limited, 2019.

  3. Posthuman subjectivity in the novels of J.G. Ballard

    Lau, Carolyn, 1990-
    New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.

    "This book proposes that Ballard's novels extrapolate the formation of a posthuman subjectivity that is centered around an affirmative understanding of what a human body can do. This new subjectivity transforms constraints and prescribed desires into creative openings in a hyper-mediated control society that conditions docile bodies through technology and consumerism. Set in surrealist predicaments in postwar affluent Western societies, Ballard's novels reminds us of the fragile veneer of order in the familiar every day. In these moments of crisis, complacent characters are compelled to undergo a process of defamiliarisation and transformation of their understanding of the self and the body. The ability to form new relationships with the unfamiliar is imperative to survival in a hostile environment. Ballard delineates both the possibilities and obstacles of forming these relationships. In particular, the author attributes the failure to do so to the irreconcilable contradictions of late capitalism"--


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