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    Border policing: science fiction and postmodernism

    Luckhurst, Roger (1991) Border policing: science fiction and postmodernism. Science Fiction Studies 18 (3), pp. 358-366. ISSN 0091-7729.

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    Abstract

    A central tenet of definitions of postmodernism is the erasure of the border between so-called "high'' and "low'' culture. There is now, it is claimed, an intermixing and blurring of previously autonomous and differentiated forms, a distinction associated with a superseded modernism. Such claims would appear to present SF critics with the potential to escape the constrictions of arguing in terms of the "mainstream'' and the "ghetto,'' or equivalent terms. Looking in detail at a number of postmodernist critics who explicitly deal with SF reveals, however, that whilst there are overt claims of erasure, there is always an ultimate reinscription of the border. It is not a question of erasing borders, but of a constant vigilance and self-awareness as to how borders operate in the production of value, and whether it is possible to separate this process from that of the necessity of borders in producing meaningful statements about the genre of SF.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 13:49
    Last Modified: 10 Jul 2018 13:49
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23083

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