By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout

ISBN-10: 1628921153

ISBN-13: 9781628921151

As either an extra-terrestrial and a terrestrial migrant, the alien offers a severe framework to assist us comprehend the interactions among cultures and to discover the transgressive strength of trip over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders. delivering a viewpoint at the alien that connects to scholarship on immigration and globalization, Alien Imaginations brings jointly canonical and modern works within the literature and cinema of technological know-how fiction and transnationalism. via analyzing the position of the alien during the subject matters of language, nervousness and identification, the essays during this assortment interact with authors resembling H.G. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip ok. Dick and Yoko Tawada in addition to administrators corresponding to Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron and Michael Winterbottom. targeting works which are ecu and North American in starting place, the readings during this quantity discover their severe purpose and their capability to undermine a few of the imperative notions of Western hegemonic discourses. Alien Imaginations reflects upon modern cultural imaginaries in addition to the realities of migration, exertions and lifestyles, suggesting types of resistance, if now not utopian horizons.

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Unlike the passage from “The Exodus from London,” there is no telltale evocation of the Jew. Rather, what we have is a scene given meaning by a journalistic discourse in which there is a substitution, a metaphor, where instead of Jews hammering all night in their filthy, substandard housing, we have Martians acting, as it were, not like Jews, but as Jews. Important here is not Wells’ ingenuity as a writer, but his ability to effect a substitution based on a discursively maintained anxiety about foreigners, not simply as strangers, but as presences known to be present, but somehow differently.

I am here suggesting—indeed I am arguing—that “was” and “war” likewise converge. The scene of writing that was interrupted by the war of the worlds structurally superimposes the was and the war, rendering here the flicker that so intrigued Derrida in Joyce’s text. The alien invasion is not something one anxiously awaits, hallucinates (alien abduction is almost always about sexual reproduction) or prepares for. It, and the war it provokes, by virtue of the logic of debt/guilt, always was. Moreover, as Derrida insisted, this menacing flicker grips language itself, a fact anticipated by Wells when his narrator says: In spite of Oglvy [an acquaintance of the narrator and early victim of the Martians], I still believed that there were men in Mars.

They create a mosaic of decontextualized artifacts and biographies that have lost their meaning and net of references. Their only remaining function is discursive preservation and ideologization, thus turning the Dream Realm into a state that is a space of the past without being a historical place. Of the former population only a blue-eyed clan stayed, while the new inhabitants of the Dream Realm, and its newly founded capital, Perle, are mainly Germans. 16 A short look at the story’s development illustrates how the narrative links the encounter with the alien other and alien art to assume a critical perspective on aesthetic concerns in general and those of the modern era in particular.

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