Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New by Eric D. Smith (auth.)

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To begin his journey, Eagle wrenches himself free of the exclusive and static order of the Axona and attains a consciousness of the Worldlessness Against the Void in Rushdie’s Grimus 27 present as present. The opening of chapter two introduces us by way of flashback33 to the young Eagle as he drowses in the effectively timeless enclosure of the Axona: “The day had begun well enough. ”37 In fact, Flapping Eagle himself embodies the indiscernible within the Axona community. While the troubling circumstance of his birth from his mother’s dead body marks him as ill-omened and his indefinite sex as a child proves an irreducible complication for the Axona’s binary gender categories, it is his pigment that ultimately alienates Eagle from his tribe.

Flapping Eagle’s passion for the real Upon finally arriving in K, Flapping Eagle is obligated by the Doctrine of Obsession to declare a specific personal interest. Under the instruction of resident philosopher Ignatius Quasimodo Gribb, the “petrified” people 30 Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial SF of K, whose collectivity is defined by national-cultural plurality as much as by the unifying “absence” of Grimus, have devoted themselves single-mindedly to the objects of their respective personal “obsessions,” which, as Virgil notes, “close the mind to dimensions” and their array of social alternatives: “Often [the people of K] fix themselves a time in their lives to mull over.

Worry about dinner and your corns. ”54 Worldlessness Against the Void in Rushdie’s Grimus 31 It is Eagle’s threat to this perpetual present that most troubles Dolores, who keeps history safely contained in a locked trunk that is never opened: Sure, sure, sure, as fixed in the fluid of the years as her immortal body, immortal now as souls, replenished daily, neither growing old nor young, static. The present is tomorrow’s past, as fixed, as sure, the trunk would tell her so. … There, the past. 56 To the astonishment of everyone in K, Eagle declares his obsession to be Grimus himself, the absent center (or Real) of Calf Island’s existence.

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