Brazilian science fiction: the construction of national identity

Araújo Santos, Naiara Sales (2013) Brazilian science fiction: the construction of national identity. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.


This thesis sets out an analysis of Brazilian science fiction since the 1960s to the present emphasizing, in particular, the relationship between this genre and Brazilian national identity. During this study, I focus on the relationship of Brazilian science fiction to the Anglo-American tradition and explore their differences in terms of cultural and literary history. Thus, a comparative analysis is made in order to show different attitudes toward technology in Brazilian and Anglo-American cultures. Using a descriptive and analytic approach, I exfend Elizabeth Ginway's ideas about science fiction and national identity by analyzing two works written during the 60s - "O Desafio" [The Duel] by Antonio Olinto and "O Menino e o Robô" [The Boy and the Robot] by Rubens Teixeira Scavone; two works written during the seventies - Umbra by Plinio Cabral and Asilo nas Torres [Asylum in the Towers] by Ruth Bueno; one work from the 80s - "Stuntmind" by Braulio Tavares; one work from the 90s - O Demônio do Computador [The Computer Devil] by Marcia Kupstas; and one work from 2005 - Tempos de Furia [Wrath Times] by Carlos Orsi.

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