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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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Techno-Orientalism and the End of History in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Techno-Orientalism and the End of History in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

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(p.102) Techno-Orientalism and the End of History in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story
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Dis-Orienting Planets
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Stephanie Li

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.003.0008

Stephanie Li, in “Techno-Orientalism and the End of Historyin Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story,” explores how Shteyngart’s 2010 novel imagines troubling visions of abiding racial hierarchies influenced by new technologies and cataclysmic events. She addresses why so many contemporary American literary writers have turned toward science fiction to explore how race signifies and will signify in the coming decades, allowing for new ways to understand what race means as we move forward. By focusing on Lenny Abramov and his doomed love for Korean American Eunice Park, Li assesses the multiple operations of techno-Orientalism as Shteyngart envisions the frightening consequences of America’s staggering debt to China.

Keywords:   techno-Orientalism, eternal youth, dystopia, posthuman, tiger mom

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