If you prefer your reading as bits rather than pulp, you may now purchase The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction, my co-edited collection of essays with Masood Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle here. The Kindle edition is the full print edition, but it is in a digital format for reading on Kindle devices or the Kindle app available for iPhone or Android. Currently, it is on sale for only $9.99, which is a substantial savings over the print edition (as of May 9, 2011). I have a full description of the book including its table of contents available here.
The Postnational Fantasy, my co-edited collection of essays with Masood Ashraf Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, is also available from Barnes & Noble: The Postnational Fantasy, Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series, Masood Ashraf Raja, 9780786461417. Paperback – Barnes & Noble.
Learn about the collection and its contents here.
UPDATE: The Postnational Fantasy now has its own page on dynamicsubspace.net here.
I am very pleased to announce the publication of The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction, my first co-edited collection of essays with with my good friends and colleagues Masood Ashraf Raja and Swaralipi Nandi! Click here to purchase it directly from the publisher McFarland & Co or click here to purchase it from Amazon (they should receive copies soon).
Below, I have included the book jacket copy, editor biographies, and the table of contents.
The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction
Edited by Masood Ashraf Raja, Jason W. Ellis and Swaralipi Nandi
Foreword by Donald M. Hassler
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6141-7
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8555-0
notes, bibliographies, index
225pp. softcover 2011
Available for immediate shipment
About the Book
In twelve critical and interdisciplinary essays, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, these essays chart a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.
Table of Contents
Foreword by DONALD M. HASSLER
Introduction by MASOOD A. RAJA and SWARALIPI NANDI
Part I: Postcolonial Issues in Science Fiction
1. Science Fiction as Experimental Ground for Issues of the Postcolonial Novel by MICHELE BRAUN
2. Truth Is Stranger: The Postnational “Aliens” of Biofiction by KAREN CARDOZO and BANU SUBRAMANIAM
3. Forms of Compromise: The Interaction of Humanity, Technology and Landscape in Ken MacLeod’s Night Sessions by ADAM FRISCH
4. The Language of Postnationality: Cultural Identity via Science Fictional Trajectories by CHRIS PAK
Part II: The Nation and Ethnicity in Science Fiction
5. The “Popular” Science: Bollywood’s Take on Science Fiction and the Discourse of Nations by SWARALIPI NANDI
6. Postcolonial Ethics and Identity in Mike Resnick’s Kirinyaga by JENN BRANDT
7. The Frontier Myth and Racial Politics by ÁNGEL MATEOS-APARICIO MARTÍN-ALBO
8. Dystopia and the Postcolonial Nation by SUPARNO BANERJEE
Part III: Towards a Postnational Discourse
9. Body Speaks: Communication and the Limits of Nationalism in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy by KATHERINE R. BROAD
10. Engineering a Cosmopolitan Future: Race, Nation, and World of Warcraft by JASON W. ELLIS
11. When “Nation” Stops Making Sense: Mexican and Giorgio Agamben’s “State of Exception” in Children of Men by STACY SCHMITT RUSNAK
12. Fantastic Language/Political Reporting: The Postcolonial SF Illocutionary Force Is with Us by MARLEEN S. BARR
About the Contributors
About the Editors
Masood Ashraf Raja is an assistant professor of Postcolonial literature and theory at the University of North Texas, and editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. Jason W. Ellis is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University and holder of an M.A. in science fiction studies from the University of Liverpool. Swaralipi Nandi is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University, whose research focus is postcolonial literature and theory.
Also read the announcement on Masood Raja’s blog here.
My colleagues Professor Babacar M’Baye and fellow PhD student Alex Hall have sent out the following cfp for a collection of essays on American popular music. If you study the cultural significance of American music, you should consider contributing. Read on for the full cfp:
CFP: Critical and Transnational Approaches to American Popular Music
Babacar M’Baye & Alexander C.O. Hall, eds.
Critical and Transnational Approaches to American Popular Music is an ambitious project that examines both the local and transnational significance of American popular music such as Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop. The first part of the book will situate these musical genres in the large and complex framework of American popular culture in which language, utopia, and traditions have played major roles in the construction of identity, activism, and social change. The second part of the book will put American Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop in conversation with similar or different musical genres from other parts of the world in which identity, resistance, and social transformation are also crucial parts. By inviting contributions about the local and transnational significance of American popular music, this edited volume wants to encourage original and theoretical analysis of American musical genres such as Blues, Rock and Roll, and Hip Hop while recognizing and studying the connections between such genres and their parental cousins or progenies from around the world.
Theoretically, Critical and Transnational Approaches to Popular Music is a collection of essays whose project is to study popular music using critical theory, equaling a collection of essays that is rooted in what has come to be known as “new” or “critical” musicology, but is also known simply as critical music studies. This book will employ a variety of critical perspectives in its treatment of the works it deals with, thereby widening the book’s audience via its interdisciplinary and transnational situation within the discourse of critical music studies. Looked at another way, the book fits comfortably under the umbrella of cultural studies—indeed, the book will be dealing with the cultural ramifications of the musical works. Nevertheless, each essay will employ a critical perspective relevant to the study of its musical subject. Some of the essays will, for instance, use literary theory to examine works at the level of narrative, while others will be interested in the political critique inherent in certain works. Still other essays in the collection will deal with the cultural collisions that result in, for instance, transnational forms of American popular music genres such as Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, and Rap.
All manuscripts must be original (hence, not under consideration for any other journal or book) and submitted in MS Word format. The entire essay (including endnotes and bibliography) should not exceed twenty five double-spaced pages and must include a concise title and a 200-word abstract. The essay must follow the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition). Articles in languages other than English will be considered; however, they must also be presented in English. All submissions must include the author’s current affiliation and contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, etc.) as well as an up-to-date curriculum vitae. The deadline for receipts of contributions is May 31, 2011.
Please address queries and papers to:
Dr. Babacar M’Baye
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242
Alexander Charles Oliver Hall, M.A.
Department of English
Kent State University
Satterfield Hall 209-F
Kent, OH 44242-0001