1st Edition

The Planetary Humanism of European Women’s Science Fiction An Experience of the Impossible

By Eleanor Drage Copyright 2024
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Planetary Humanism of European Women’s Science Fiction argues that utopian science fiction written by European women has, since the seventeenth century, played an important role in exploring the racial and gender possibilities of the outer limits of the humanist imagination.

    This book focuses on six works of science fiction from the UK, France, Spain, and Italy: Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Elysium; Nicoletta Vallorani’s Sulla Sabbia di Sur and Il Cuore Finto di DR; Aliette de Bodard’s Xuya Universe series; Elia Barcelo’s Consecuencias Naturales; and Historias del Crazy Bar, a collection of stories by Lola Robles and Maria Concepcion Regueiro. It sets these in conversation with key gender and critical race scholars: Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Paul Gilroy, and Jack Halberstam. It asserts that a key concern for feminism, anti- racism, and science fiction now is to seek inventive ways of returning to the question of the human in the context of increasing racial and gender divisions.

    Offering unique access to contemporary and historical women writers who have mobilised the utopian imagination to rethink the human, this book is of use to those conducting research in Gender Studies, Philosophy, History, and Literature.

    Introduction and Roadmap

    Chapter 1: Towards New Forms of Humanism

    Chapter 2: Contextualising the History of SF

    Chapter 3: Re-historicising the Future: Re-contextualising Systems of Race and Gender in Women’s SF

    Chapter 4: Embodying New Forms of Humanism: The Fate of Race and Gender in Queer Assemblages

    Chapter 5: Pregnancy, by Mistake: Transgressing Race and Gender Through Queered Extraterrestrial Fertility

    Chapter 6: Non-Reproductive Planetary Communities: Race, Gender, Kinship, and Forgetting to Conform

    Chapter 7: At the Borders of the Planetary

    Chapter 8: Conclusion. New Forms of Humanism

    Summaries of Primary SF Texts.



    Eleanor Drage is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, where she applies feminism and anti- racism to the ethics of artificial intelligence.