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Unknown Futures: Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction in Spain

Lawless, G. (2011) Unknown Futures: Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction in Spain. Science Fiction Studies, 38 (2). pp. 253-269.

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of studies of nineteenth-century science fiction in Spain, arguing that scholars' attitudes to this subject have changed dramatically over the past fifty years. It examines in detail two sf narratives from this period, Antonio Flores's Ayer, hoy y mañana [Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow] and Leopoldo Alas's "Cuento futuro" [Future Story] and suggests that both these works represent important developments in the history of sf because of their totalizing attitudes toward the future. In the final section of the article, it is suggested that the perception of Spain's scientific backwardness during the nineteenth century might, ironically, have led to innovative experimentations in the sf genre there.

Item type: Article
ID code: 40831
Keywords: science fiction, Spanish literature, Ayer, hoy y mañana, Cuento futuro, French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature, Literature and Literary Theory
Subjects: Language and Literature > French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > Spanish
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 14:06
Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 17:18
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/40831

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