Sexual futures: Feminism and speculative fiction in the Fin de Siècle

Justin Prystash*


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1 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


"Sexual Futures" examines the will to proleptic knowledge infln-de-siècle evolutionary science and speculative fiction. This desire to map the future, which characterizes many texts of the time and even some modern scholarship, often merely reiterates present arrangements of sex, gender, and sexuality, but it also functions to shuffle, subvert, or transcend contemporary understandings of biological and sexual forms, especially when an author draws on the feminist strand that runs through Victorian evolutionary theory. By analyzing a range of mostly non-canonical texts, including works by Ménie Muriel Dowie, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Herbert Spencer, Frances Swiney, Eliza Burt Gamble, Julius Vogel, Walter Besant, and William Henry Hudson, this essay reveals the potential for speculative science and fiction to deform sex beyond the recognizable, reorienting our understanding of the political function of the future.

頁(從 - 到)341-363
期刊Science-Fiction Studies
出版狀態已發佈 - 2014 7月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 文學與文學理論


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