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By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout

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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 shuttle over geographical, cultural or linguistic borders. supplying a standpoint 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. through interpreting the function of the alien throughout the issues of language, nervousness and identification, the essays during this assortment interact with authors equivalent to H.G. Wells, Eleanor Arnason, Philip ok. 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 cause and their capability to undermine some of the primary 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 no longer utopian horizons.

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Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit? Wells 2001: 55 Many have deplored in print the way this rhetoric bespeaks some of the most odious aspects of both Wells’ socialism and his Darwinism, but it behooves us to first note that this “navel” of the text (I am thinking here of Freud’s figure of the “navel of the dream”), the point at which it stages its own genesis, involves a subtle displacement. Whereas Frank’s triggering observation concerned itself with the possibility of an invasion and the character of its reception, his brother deploys the story to entertain both the implicit cause of the invasion and its 20 Alien Imaginations moral defensibility.

Since the night of my return from Leatherhead I had not prayed. I had uttered 22 Alien Imaginations prayers, fetich [sic] prayers, had prayed as heathens mutter charms when I was in extremity; but now I prayed indeed, pleading steadfastly and sanely face to face with the darkness of God. Strange night, strangest in this that so soon as dawn had come, I, who had talked with God, crept out of the house like a rat leaving its hiding place—a creature scarcely larger, an inferior animal, a thing that for any passing whim of our masters might be hunted and killed.

6 Others, such as the narrator in Alfred Kubin’s only novel Die andere Seite (The Other Side 1909), who is, like Kubin, both an author and a painter, desperately try to overcome the difference between the reality of the alien other and its representation—only to realize that both are constructions. His travels begin with the painting and story of a former friend and future fiend ruling an allegedly utopian Eurasian Dream State whose totalitarian reality does not concur with the picture he imagined.

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