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By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout

As either an extra-terrestrial and a terrestrial migrant, the alien presents a severe framework to aid us comprehend the interactions among cultures and to discover the transgressive strength of go back and forth over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders. delivering a point of view 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 technology fiction and transnationalism. by means of interpreting the position of the alien during the topics of language, anxiousness and id, the essays during this assortment interact with authors resembling H.G. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip okay. Dick and Yoko Tawada in addition to administrators resembling Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron and Michael Winterbottom. targeting works which are ecu and North American in beginning, the readings during this quantity discover their severe motive and their capability to undermine a number of the important notions of Western hegemonic discourses. Alien Imaginations reflects upon modern cultural imaginaries in addition to the realities of migration, hard work and existence, suggesting types of resistance, if no longer utopian horizons.

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Wells says this without knowing it. In fact, he repeats it. However, this form of textual repetition does not stop there. Or, put differently, it assumes precisely the form of what earlier I called scriptura interruptus, a detail that ties in a rather startling way the motif of copulation control to the very medium of printed prose. One of the more striking features of The War of the Worlds is its organization of the plot/story relation and the attendant distribution of narrative voice. If one, in following the formalist school, distinguishes between the plot and the story by characterizing the former as the sequence of diegetic events as related versus that sequence as lived, then one is struck by how Wells’ text is plotted such that it is narrated after the fact.

And he invites all sorts of “historicizing subjects”—backward-looking people sharing his passion for the past—to live with him. 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.

The story links this abundant “tissue of quotations” (Barthes 1977: 146) on the level of (literary) language composition to the issue of composition as language: it follows Gulliver in a hydroplane to the land of Faremido after his ship has been under attack from the Germans at the height of the First World War. The foreign land’s name derives from the language of its inhabitants, the Solasis: huge robots who converse in music. The idea of exploring the alien other by means of musical language derives from another source, probably—next to Swift—the most important one.

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