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SF is the Other

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To lit fic, sf is the Other: the weird jungle tribe regarded as primitive, suspected of cannibalism and in some cases exploited. (When Margaret Atwood takes the tropes of SF and claims she doesn’t write science fiction, SF people feel exploited– ie that they’ve had something taken from them without just compensation, in this case, credit.)

Which isn’t to say every literary fiction author is conventional and every genre fiction author is radical–far from it–but it is to say that the whole concept of a “literary” fiction vs. a non-“literary” fiction is wound up tightly and inescapably in concepts of bourgeois status, and maybe it’s just better to be in the jungle with the wild ones.


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August 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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