My work discusses the two notions of border and holes exploiting them to explore the porosity of spaces as a shared – and essential – feature, constructing the narrative in Nora K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (2015) and China Mièville’s This Census-Taker (2016). Focussing on the Fantastic of Space as defined by Garcia in her Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature (2015, 9), I approach the way in which these two texts develop an entirely new vision and interpretation of some traditional formulae of the fantastic fiction, keeping within the borders of identifiable narrative genres (fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, New Weird), but also exploding their strictures and producing highly disquieting stories and landscapes. Reflecting on the epistemological devices at play in The Fifth Season and This Census-Taker, I am arguing that the two selected novels define borders as simultaneously performing “several functions of demarcation & territorialization – between distinct social exchanges or flows, between distinct rights, and so forth” (Balibar 2002, 79) and they exemplify the way in which a border is at the same time a form of protection and a device for exclusion (Mezzadra and Neilson 2013, 14). In this respect, the analysis of the fantastic of space in these two narratives may help us to investigate some of the ways in which the notions of border, borderland, boundary and limen define new subjectivities interlacing the tension towards belonging and the oppression of closure.

Of Borders and (W)holes : Porous Geographies of the Fantastic in China Miéville and Nora K. Jemisin / N. Vallorani - In: Space(s) of the Fantastic : A 21st Century Manifesto / [a cura di] D. Punter, C.B. Mancini. - Prima edizione. - New York & London : Routledge, 2021. - ISBN 9780367680282. - pp. 144-157

Of Borders and (W)holes : Porous Geographies of the Fantastic in China Miéville and Nora K. Jemisin

N. Vallorani
2021

Abstract

My work discusses the two notions of border and holes exploiting them to explore the porosity of spaces as a shared – and essential – feature, constructing the narrative in Nora K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (2015) and China Mièville’s This Census-Taker (2016). Focussing on the Fantastic of Space as defined by Garcia in her Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature (2015, 9), I approach the way in which these two texts develop an entirely new vision and interpretation of some traditional formulae of the fantastic fiction, keeping within the borders of identifiable narrative genres (fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, New Weird), but also exploding their strictures and producing highly disquieting stories and landscapes. Reflecting on the epistemological devices at play in The Fifth Season and This Census-Taker, I am arguing that the two selected novels define borders as simultaneously performing “several functions of demarcation & territorialization – between distinct social exchanges or flows, between distinct rights, and so forth” (Balibar 2002, 79) and they exemplify the way in which a border is at the same time a form of protection and a device for exclusion (Mezzadra and Neilson 2013, 14). In this respect, the analysis of the fantastic of space in these two narratives may help us to investigate some of the ways in which the notions of border, borderland, boundary and limen define new subjectivities interlacing the tension towards belonging and the oppression of closure.
China Miéville; Nora K. Jemisin; spaces; fantastic; formula fiction; protection; device of excluion
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