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Plants in Science Fiction

Speculative Vegetation

Editor(s): Katherine E. Bishop David Higgins Jerry Määttä

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: New Dimensions in Science Fiction

  • May 2020 · 272pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9781786835598
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786835611
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786835628
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786835604

About The Book

Plants have played key roles in science fiction novels, graphic novels, and film. John Wyndham’s triffids, Algernon Blackwood’s willows, and Han Kang’s sprouting woman are just a few examples. Plants surround us, sustain us, pique our imaginations, and inhabit our metaphors – but in many ways they remain opaque. The scope of their alienation is as broad as their biodiversity. And yet, literary reflections of plant-life are driven, as are many threads of science fictional inquiry, by the concerns of today. Plants in Science Fiction is the first-ever collected volume on plants in science fiction. Its original essays argue that plant-life in SF is transforming our attitudes toward morality, politics, economics, and cultural life at large; questioning and shifting our understandings of institutions, nations, borders, and boundaries; erecting – and dismantling – new visions of utopian and dystopian futures.

Contents

Contributors
Introduction – Katherine E. Bishop
Abjection
Weird Flora: Plant Life in the Classic Weird Tale – Jessica George
‘Bloody unnatural brutes’: Anthropomorphism, Colonialism and the Return of the Repressed in John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids – Jerry Määttä
Botanical Tentacles and the Chthulucene- Shelley Saguaro
Affinity
Between the Living and the Dead: Vegetal Afterlives in Evgenii Iufit’s and Vladimir Maslov’s Silver Heads – Brittany Roberts
Vegetable Love: Desire, Feeling, and Sexuality in Botanical Fiction – T. S. Miller
Alternative Reproduction: Plant-time and Human/Arboreal Assemblages in Holdstock and Han – Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook
Accord
Sunlight as a Photosynthetic Information Technology: Becoming Plant in Tom Robbins’s Jitterbug Perfume – Yogi Hale Hendlin
The Question of the Vegetal, the Animal, the Archive in Kathleen Ann Goonan’s Queen City Jazz – Graham J. Murphy
Queer Ingestions: Weird, Vegetative Bodies in Jeff VanderMeer’s Fiction – Alison Sperling
The Botanical Ekphrastic and Ecological Relocation – Katherine E. Bishop
Selected Bibliography
Index

About the Editor(s)

Katherine E. Bishop

Katherine E. Bishop PhD is Assistant Professor at Miyazaki International College.

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David Higgins

David Higgins PhD teaches English at Inver Hills College in Minnesota.

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Jerry Määttä

Jerry Määttä PhD is Associate Professor (Docent) at the Department of Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden

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