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Dis-Orienting PlanetsRacial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender III

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811523

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.001.0001

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Fictions of Science, American Orientalism, and the Alien/Asian of Percival Lowell

Fictions of Science, American Orientalism, and the Alien/Asian of Percival Lowell

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(p.89) Fictions of Science, American Orientalism, and the Alien/Asian of Percival Lowell
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Dis-Orienting Planets
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Timothy J. Yamamura

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.003.0007

In “Fictions of Science, American Orientalism, and the Alien/Asian of Percival Lowell,” Timothy J. Yamamura investigates the representation of Asians and “aliens” in American Percival Lowell’s writings on the “Far East” and the planet Mars as both within, and against, the grain of Orientalism. In this respect, Lowell’s speculations on other worlds functioned as a means to contest the alienating powers of capitalist modernity, however ambivalently, and reveals an important genealogy for contemporary representations of Asia in science fiction. Consequently, Yamamura traces a kind of “alien” genealogy from within the orientalist imagination by exploring the “strange” connections between Lowell’s writings on Asia—Chosön: The Land of the Morning Calm; a Sketch of Korea (1886), The Soul of the Far East (1888), and Occult Japan: Or the Way of the Gods (1894)—and his speculations on alien life in the universe—Mars (1895).

Keywords:   Japan, Korea, Orientalism, Mars, Alien/Asian

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