Affirming and Questioning National Identity in Alternate Histories

  • Kenneth Hanshew University of Regensburg

Abstract

The study examines the Polish journalist Marcin Wolski’s Jedna przegrana bitwa [One Lost Battle] (2010) and the acclaimed Czech writer Josef Nesvadba’s Peklo Beneš – o šťastnějším Československu [Beneš’s Hell – A Happier Czechoslovakia] (2002) to argue the science fictional subgenre of the alternative history or uchronia more prominently reflects issues of cultural identity than other science fiction and to examine the posited critical function of SF in general.

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Published
2016-07-13
How to Cite
HANSHEW, Kenneth. Affirming and Questioning National Identity in Alternate Histories. Култура/Culture, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 13, p. 79-87, july 2016. ISSN 1857-7725. Available at: <http://journals.cultcenter.net/index.php/culture/article/view/246>. Date accessed: 22 feb. 2018.
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English Articles