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A Half Resolution

In this article, Jameson discusses a conflict that science fiction authors face. The conflict is closure. It seems contradictory when making up a narrative in the future that is completely imaginary to have to end it. The fact that there … Continue reading

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Jameson’s subversion of residual/emergent theory

Reading The Time Machine was a whirlwind experience. Wells’s novella rockets from start to end with a careless persistence mirroring that of time’s incessant forward motion, and negating virtually all that we have discussed in this course in the process. … Continue reading

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Questioning the Present Through the Future

For a long time, most futuristic science fiction frustrated me: the imagined futures always seemed so arbitrary and the individuals of the future so one-dimensional–they represented what we would be, what we could be, or what we should be in … Continue reading

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Comfort in Change

Within Jameson’s work, one small section raised a number of questions for me.  Specifically, he says “there is, indeed, something also at least vaguely comforting and reassuring in the renewed sense that the great supermarkets and shopping centers… that all … Continue reading

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“The Time Machine” in context

For this week’s blog post I wanted to do something a little different and set “The Time Machine” in the context of 18th/19th century perceptions of the future and time travel. As I read the book over Thanksgiving I started … Continue reading

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Science Fiction; Are We Living in the Past?

Frederick Jameson in the article “Progress Versus Utopia: Or, Can We Imagine the Future?” makes a fascinating point about how the Science Fiction genre changes our perspective on history and essentially our present time as a history for the imagined … Continue reading

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Not Just Your Run of the Mill Progress

While reading the Time Traveller’s tale, the notion of progress kept jumping out at me. At first the Time Traveller seems to operate according to Mill’s linear notion of progress; he expects the future to come with scientific advancements that … Continue reading

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The Eloi and the Morlocks

H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine presents a very interesting look at what our future could be.  The time-traveler jumps thousands of years into the future to find two types of beings roaming the Earth, the Eloi and the Morlocks.  While … Continue reading

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Museology & Melancholy

“My museum hypothesis was confirmed. Going towards the side I found what appeared to be sloping shelves, and clearing away the thick dust, I found the old familiar glass cases of our own time. But they must have been air-tight … Continue reading

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Who Gets a Name?

This novella begins with little introduction as the narrator throws the reader immediately into the story. The first line is, “The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us” … Continue reading

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