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Description - Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? by Seo-Young Chu

In culture and scholarship, science-fictional worlds are perceived as unrealistic and altogether imaginary. Seo-Young Chu offers a bold challenge to this perception of the genre, arguing instead that science fiction is a form of 'high-intensity realism' capable of representing non-imaginary objects that elude more traditional, 'realist' modes of representation. Powered by lyric forces that allow it to transcend the dichotomy between the literal and the figurative, science fiction has the capacity to accommodate objects of representation that are themselves neither entirely figurative nor entirely literal in nature. Chu explores the globalized world, cyberspace, war trauma, the Korean concept of han, and the rights of robots, all as referents for which she locates science-fictional representations in poems, novels, music, films, visual pieces, and other works ranging within and without previous demarcations of the science fiction genre. In showing the divide between realism and science fiction to be illusory, "Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?" sheds new light on the value of science fiction as an aesthetic and philosophical resource - one that matters more and more as our everyday realities grow increasingly resistant to straightforward representation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674055179
ISBN-10: 0674055179
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Seo-Young Chu

Seo-Young Chu is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York.