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Scritta sull’acqua. L’invasione di Lagos tra ecologia e memoria

The essay offers a reflection on the way in which invasion as a recurring topos in science fiction is reshaped in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, narrating the alien landing in Lagos. Comparing the novel with the paradigmatic model mostly provided by H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, I intend to show how an important link with  consolidated and familiar models is maintained, while at the same time a new approach is proposed in the light of the characteristics of Africanfuturism, a movement of which Okorafor is one of the most vocal representatives. Like other writers from Africa, she works on the process of Othering by proposing an anti-colonial and postcolonial viewpoint and shaping a narrative that interweaves science fiction, eco-fiction, petrofiction and cli-fi, combining different mythologies and folkloric  figurations in the portrayal of an invaded city that is radically different from London, though presented as a global metropolis.

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Nicoletta Vallorani
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Blackness, America nera e nuova diaspora africana
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