Yael Maurer, Ph.D. (2009), Tel Aviv University, is a lecturer at the English and American Studies department at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She has published The Science Fictional Dimensions of Salman Rushdie (2014) and articles on Hitchcock, Dickens and Philip Roth, among others.
Meyrav Koren-Kuik is a doctoral candidate at the Porter School of Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University. Her main research areas are Victorian literature, and Science Fiction.
The book is geared towards an academic audience but would also be of interest to a non-academic audience interested in science fiction as a crucial mode which has become the central cultural representative of our time.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
Meyrav Koren-Kuik and Yael Maurer
Part 1: The City and the Body
Urban Twinship: The Body of the Futuristic City in Jeff VanderMeer’s Veniss Underground
Past Future Cityscapes: Narratives of the Post-Human in Post-Urban Environments
Architecture of Punishment: Dystopian Cities Marking the Body
Part 2: Cities of Estrangement
Time Travel, Dystopia, and the Manhattan Skyscraper in George Allan England’s The Last New Yorkers and Murray Leinster’s “The Runaway Skyscraper”
Wires are the New Filth: The Rebirth of Dickens’ London in Cyberspace
Keith Daniel Harris
City of Lights No More: Dystopian Paris in French Science Fiction
Spatiality in the Cyber-World of William Gibson
Part 3: Cities of Imagination
“Divided Against Itself”: Dual Urban Chronotopes
Experiencing the Cityscapes and Rural Landscapes as ‘Citizens’ of The Hunger Games Storyworld
‘Final Men’, Racialised Fears & the Control of Monstrous Cityscapes in Post-Apocalyptic Hollywood Films
Imagination Reloaded: Transfiguring Urban Space into Virtual Space in the tv Series Caprica
The Dame Wore Skyscrapers: The Science-Fictional City as a Detective Story