Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Bridging the Solitudes exposes the limitations of the solitudes concept so often applied uncritically to the Canadian experience. This volume examines Canadian and Québécois literature of the fantastic across its genres-such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, indigenous futurism, and others-and considers how its interrogation of colonialism, nationalism, race, and gender works to bridge multiple solitudes. Utilizing a transnational lens, this volume reveals how the fantastic is ready-made for exploring, in non-literal terms, the complex and problematic nature of intercultural engagement.
1.ÿ Introduction: Bridging the Solitudes as a Critical Metaphorÿÿÿÿ Amy J. Ransom, Central Michigan Universityÿÿÿÿ Dominick Grace, Brescia UniversityPrologue2.ÿ Colonial Visions: The British Empire in Early Anglophone and ÿÿÿÿ Francophone Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasyÿÿÿÿ Allan Weiss, York UniversityPart Iÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bridging Borders: Transnationalism and Postcolonialism in Canadian Speculative Fiction3.ÿ Nevermind the Gap: Judith Merril Challenges the Status Quo Ritch Calvin, SUNY - Stony Brook4.ÿ Two Solitudes, Two Cultures: Building and Burning Bridges in Peter Watts's ÿÿÿÿ Novels Michele Braun, Mount Royal University5.ÿ The Affinity for Utopia: Erecting Walls and Building Bridges in Robert ÿÿÿÿÿ Charles Wilson's The AffinitiesGraham J. Murphy, Seneca College6.ÿ The Art of Not Dying: Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven and Catherine ÿÿÿÿ Mavrikakis's Oscar De Profundis Patrick Bergeron, University of New Brunswick(Translated by Amy J. Ransom)Part IIÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Building Bridges: Constructing and Deconstructing Myths of the Canadian Nation7.ÿ When Are We Ever at Home?: Exile and Nostalgia in the Work of Guy ÿÿÿÿ Gavriel Kay Susan Johnston, University of Regina8.ÿ Reconciliation, Resistance and Biskaabiiyang: Re-Imagining Canadian ÿÿÿÿ Residential Schools in Indigenous Speculative FictionsJudith Leggatt, Lakehead University9. ÿIndigenous Futurist Film: Speculation and Resistance in Jeff Barnaby's ÿÿÿÿ Rhymes for Young Ghouls and File Under MiscellaneousKristina Baudemann, Europa-Universität, FlensbergPart IIIÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bridging the Gender Gap: Transnational and Transsexual Identities in Canadian SF10.ÿ Building Hope through Community in lisabeth Vonarburg's Maerlande ÿÿÿÿÿ ChroniclesCaroline Mosser, Utah State University11. Cruising Canadian SF's Queer Futurity: Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child and ÿÿÿÿÿÿ Larissa Lai's Salt Fish GirlWendy Gay Pearson, University of Western Ontario12.ÿ Crossing the (Trans)Gender Bridge: Exploring Intersex and Trans Bodies in ÿÿÿÿÿÿ Canadian Speculative Fiction Evelyn Deshane, University of WaterlooPart IVÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bridging the Species Divide: Technological, Animal, Extraterrestrial and Posthuman Sentience13. A Maelstrom of Replication: Peter Watts's Glitching Textual Source CodesBen Eldridge, University of Sydney14.ÿ The Missing Link: Bridging the Species Divide in Margaret Atwood's ÿÿÿÿÿÿ MaddAddam TrilogyDunja Mohr, University of Erfurt15.ÿ 'I can't believe this is happening!': Bear Horror, the Species Divide, and the ÿÿÿÿÿÿ Canadian Fight for Survival in a Time of Climate ChangeMichael Fuchs, University of Graz16.ÿ Interacting and Cohabiting with Humans, Earthlings, and Others in SFQIsabelle Fournier, Trent UniversityPart V ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bridging the Slipstream: Generic Fluidity in Canadian Speculative Fiction17. ÿHoles Within and Bridges Beyond: The Transfictions of lisabeth Vonarburg ÿÿÿÿÿÿ and Michel TremblaySylvie Brard, Trent University18. ÿTropes Crossing: On Some Qubec Sf Writers from the MainstreamSophie Beaul, St. Mary's University(Translated by Amy J. Ransom)19.ÿ Transculture, Transgenre: Stanley Pan's Fantastic Detective FictionKathleen Kellett, Ryerson UniversityEpilogue20. ÿ[Excerpts from A Glossary of Non-Essential Forms and Genres in English-ÿÿÿÿÿÿ Canadian Literature]Jordan Bolay, University of Calgary
Amy J. Ransom is Chair of World Languages and Cultures at Central Michigan University, USA. She has published over two dozen articles on Québécois popular genre literatures and film and is the author of Science Fiction from Québec (2009) and Hockey PQ (2014).
Dominick Grace is Professor of English at Brescia University, Canada. He is the author of The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb (2015) and several articles on Canadian literature of the fantastic, and coeditor of several collections of interviews with cartoonists, a volume on Canadian comics, and a volume on Twin Peaks.