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Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender. As the first collection engaging Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production, Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender. As the first collection engaging Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production, Altermundos: [email protected] Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture provides a comprehensive alternative to the view of speculative fiction as a largely white, male, Eurocentric, and heteronormative genre. It features original essays from more than twenty-five scholars as well as interviews, manifestos, short fiction, and new works from Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.


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Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender. As the first collection engaging Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production, Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender. As the first collection engaging Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production, Altermundos: [email protected] Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture provides a comprehensive alternative to the view of speculative fiction as a largely white, male, Eurocentric, and heteronormative genre. It features original essays from more than twenty-five scholars as well as interviews, manifestos, short fiction, and new works from Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.

33 review for Altermundos: [email protected] Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott Russell

    Not only does Altermundos give a fresh look at some classic Chicano work with a new speculative lens, it brings forward many works of Latino Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror that have been in the periphery. [email protected] Rising gave us a look at the present and future of US Latino Speculative Fiction; Altermundos validates our past and with its many essays discussing issues ranging from feminist, queer, social, post-colonial and social justice gives us a future to look forward to. After finding and reading/v Not only does Altermundos give a fresh look at some classic Chicano work with a new speculative lens, it brings forward many works of Latino Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror that have been in the periphery. [email protected] Rising gave us a look at the present and future of US Latino Speculative Fiction; Altermundos validates our past and with its many essays discussing issues ranging from feminist, queer, social, post-colonial and social justice gives us a future to look forward to. After finding and reading/viewing/listening to most of the work critiqued or mentioned in Altermundos (I had read a few before and a few others had been on my radar), I found that many of these works come from the periphery. Though Sci-fi and Fantasy are booming—just look at how superhero movies have become big blockbusters rather than underfunded or fan made over the last two decades--our Mexican American works are still ignored, pushing in at the corners, or thought of as lesser. There are several essays upon the work of the father of Chicano Sci-fi, Ernesto Hogan. I’m already a fan of his work and reading criticism on two of my favorite books, Smoking Mirror Blues and High Aztech enhances my understanding and appreciation. The choices in this collection are an education in Chicano Sci-fi, I found out about the Ragdoll Plagues, a great book that combines historical fiction and Sci-fi realms that connect via found scholarship on a plague that affects three different ages. Many of these works blur the lines between genres. I love the speculative story “Poison Men: A Chicana Vampire Tale” that deals with the first Mexican American recorded as lynched in the US. She’s a vampire and her tale now empowering in our mental space. Likewise, “For those seeking signs of intelligent life” by Deborah Kueztzpal Vasquez is a story that empowers by reconnecting us to our indigenous outer space gente in a beautiful manner. This first book of Latino Speculative Criticism is necessary…because we can discover and look deeply at how we portray the world in which we are human. Scholarship is necessary for any form and you may be surprised how long Latina/o/x Speculative works have been around. In short, Altermundos is an excellent selection of criticism that would allow anyone to know the Mexican American experience better.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ernest Hogan

    There's something going on . . . a movement, phenomenon, revolution or something. This speculative rasquache is rattiling the planet and beyond. Read this book--even the parts that aren't by or about me--to catch up with what's going on. There's something going on . . . a movement, phenomenon, revolution or something. This speculative rasquache is rattiling the planet and beyond. Read this book--even the parts that aren't by or about me--to catch up with what's going on.

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    Jonathan Salinas

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    Danielle

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    Mills College Library

    813.009 A4664 2017

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