Title

Own maps/imagined terrain : the emergence of science fiction in India

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Extrapolation

Publication Date

2014

Volume

55

Issue

3

First Page

277

Last Page

297

Publisher

Liverpool University Press

Abstract

The emergence of science fiction (sf) in Bengal in India is situated within the historical boundaries and intersections that mark a certain conjuncture with the arrival and subsequent entrenchment of colonial-Enlightenment science. This paper traces the specific responses to this form of science, and the appearance of sf as a narrative mode embodying a certain kind of ambivalence, that negotiates a space, an imagined territory, within the framework of colonial science. An analysis of a few early sf writings in Bengal, which outline the narrative trajectories evolving in Indian sf, locates this ambivalence.

DOI

10.3828/extr.2014.16

Print ISSN

00145483

E-ISSN

20477708

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Bhattacharya, A., & Hiradhar, P. (2014). Own maps/imagined terrain: The emergence of science fiction in India. Extrapolation, 55(3), 277-297. doi: 10.3828/extr.2014.16