116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Altermundos, Chicanafuturism, and the Science Fiction of Brown America

Session Chair: 
Lysa Rivera, Western Washington University
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 235


  1. Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego, Beatrice Pita, University of California, San Diego
    Mexican Border and Chicano/a speculative fiction offers a sharp contrast in thematics and form. This paper will compare Mexican Border speculative fiction that focuses largely on the Border Wall and on a future racial war with the speculative fiction of Chicanas/os that centers to a large extent on issues of identity formation.
  2. Andrea Delgado, University of Washington - Seattle
    Alejandro Morales’ The Rag Doll Plagues reimagines colonization in a speculative fiction about the intersection of economic and racial policies and the ‘equalizing’ power of technology. The novel’s use of metafiction not only satirizes the romanticization of hybridization, but also overlays an ontological game for the reader on top of the ontological challenge the protagonist faces as he comes to terms with ‘medically necessary’ blood enslavement.
  3. Jennifer Cuffman, University of Washington - Seattle
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao formally uses the discourse of science fiction to describe the racialized lived experience of many of the novel’s characters. But most importantly, Oscar Wao’s own personal attachments to speculative fiction allow him to utopically imagine an “otherwiseness” that moves beyond the here and now.
Session Cancelled: