Pallabee Dasgupta

Research Scholar

Banaras Hindu University

India

 

Abstract

Science Fiction has always been considered a domain for science enthusiasts or popular culture studies in the West. Its conceptual and stylistic frameworks have strongly been rooted in cultural and social anxieties in the West. In contrast, SF has always been a core part of popular literature in postcolonial nations through myths, fantasy literature etc. The post-millennial era has marked its rebirth in the postcolonial literature to betray anxieties about gender, social justice or environment .The success of Indian writers such as Manjula Padmanabhan and Amitav Ghosh who adopt certain SF themes in their narratives or authors like Samit Basu and Vandana Singh who identify themselves as SF authors, attest to the growing popularity of the genre. The present paper discusses this genre of postcolonial science fiction writings, it’s importance and limitations and analyses three short-stories of Vandana Singh “Hunger”, “Thirst” and the eponymous “The Women Who Thought She was a Planet” published in her anthology of the same name (2008) as occupying the in-between space between SF and the domestic realism of Indian fiction in English.

Keywords: Vandana Singh, Science Fiction, Postcolonialism

The Home and The World: Postcolonial Science fiction and the Domestic Space in the short-stories of Vandana Singh

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