publication . Article . 2020

Spekülatif Kurguda Salgın Teması

Emrah Atasoy;
Open Access Turkish
  • Published: 15 Dec 2020
  • Publisher: Ankara Üniversitesi Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi Dergisi
  • Country: Turkey
Abstract
Speculative fiction has a close connection with the contextual reality of the society in which it is produced. The use of fictional settings, which are remote in space and time; an emphasis upon the power of imagination; and the representation of imaginary technological and scientific developments may lead speculative fiction to be considered to be detached from reality. However, this approach has undergone a radical change within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, as adopting a novel attitude has become necessary. Our lives have become similar to the lives of the characters in literary dystopias and science fiction texts. Within this literary tradition that projects fictional alternative world scenarios, there exist numerous speculative texts about pandemics and epidemics. COVID-19 has increased the national and international interest in the sub-genres of speculative fiction such as science fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and dystopia. The aim of this study is therefore to reveal the interconnection between speculative fiction and the real world through brief references to relevant exemplary texts and to discuss the significance of this literary tradition in understanding the present and the future with specific references to its generic features. The ultimate aim of this study will be to prove how speculative works can be guiding and cautionary texts in understanding the possible future scenarios.
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free text keywords: Spekülatif Kurgu; Apokaliptik Edebiyat; Salgın; Pandemi; Epidemi; COVID-19; Koronavirüs, Management Science and Operations Research, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering and Power Technology, General Earth and Planetary Sciences, General Engineering, General Environmental Science, The Imaginary, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Representation (arts), History, Context (language use), Aesthetics, Power (social and political), Dystopia
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