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Larry Nolen on “International SF” and Problems of Identity

Over at the Nebula Awards Blog, Larry Nolen discusses “International SF” and Problems of Identity.

This problem raises what might be a central problem involving “international SF,” that of possible conflicts between Anglo-American expectations of what “SF” constitutes and what the various non-Anglophone countries might view as being an essential story.  Some might argue that the very use of the term “international SF” might constitute a form of cultural hegemony, where norms established by American and British writers are viewed as being not just dominant, but pre-eminent over any other possible conceptions of SF.  There might be something to this.  After all, no matter how many ways one might say “I’m loving it” when one enters a McDonald’s, there is a pre-determined template that allows only for a little bit of variation for local customs and expressions. – read the rest of the essay.


November 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

1 Comment

  1. I think we need to change how international SF is viewed. SF is not US or UK-centric, but it is something shared by – say – the Chinese and the Indians, the Polish and the French. SF is also shared by folks living in Southeast Asia and our views of SF are not necessarily US-centric or dominated by US tropes.

    Why can’t we have just SF?

    Comment by Joyce | November 24, 2009

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