Response 8


Maybe it's because I just finished writing a ten-page paper on incest, but I can't help but focus on the relationship between Antonio and Tan-Tan. Throughout the beginning of the novel, I thought that my final paper topic was the reason that I was reading so much into their relationship. When the abuse was revealed, I found myself comparing it to that of Lore and her mother from Slow River.

There's some literary word for this writing style, but I forget what it was

Midnight Robber is a novel set apart from most other works of science fiction in its use of a non-Anglo-Saxon culture as the predominant society of its world. Science Fiction often deals with issues of individuals set apart from the rest of society or set in unfamiliar surroundings, trying to find their way, and so it is somewhat surprising that there are so few examples of Science fiction works written through the lenses of cultures outside of the western/American norm.

Midnight Robber finds another frontier

Nalo Hopkinson, (though a web search reveals her to be a relative new author), seems to have made her unique mark on Science Fiction largely because that voice is grounded in the rhythms, myths, and vernacular of Caribbean and Creole cultures. I mean, she is clearly not the only Science Fiction author to bring a recognizable contemporary culture other than American-flavored Caucasian to the SciFi stage, but let's face it: Name another SciFi writer of African heritage besides Delaney and Butler.

Importance of language

What struck me most about Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber was not any of the obvious subjects addressed in the novel: race and gender issues, rape, incest, self-love, self-respect, etc; rather, the language she used to discuss these things was so exact in its strange dialect and such a crucial part of the novel. In most of the novels we have read thus far, there is some strange vocabulary that helps define the strange world we read about, but in general, the language in which the author tells the story is easily understandable.

Ultimate Tree House People

Upon reading a science fiction book that creates a new sentient species, it is always interesting to consider how that species differs from humans, as the departure from a human model is a commentary on how the author views humankind. Specifically, it usually points out the perceived flaws in human interactions, politics, overall behavior, and response to environment.

me, too!

paaass. work is eating my face!


It's a fine book, with a lot to talk about, but I have other things to do.



peer review

A few notes on the peer review process:

First off, if you don't have a partner as yet, please leave a comment on this post; there are likely other folks looking for partners to work with, too. If we wind up with only one person who seems unpaired, I'd appreciate it if a group would expand to three.

Hopkinson's Anti-Posthumanism

So, this is a topic we talked about a little in class today, but since my paper is on posthumanism, I'm having a little trouble thinking about anything else, so I'm going to go for it anyways.
To my mind, this is one of the most anti-posthumanist novels we've read thus far in the class, which I find most interesting considering just how little the novel exposes us to advanced technology, since most of the storyline takes place in the primitive society of New Half-Way Tree.

What's with Antonio?

I take issue with Nalo Hopkinson's portrayal of love in Midnight robber. In particular, I object to the way that the story of Antonio plays out. I acknowledge that he was always a clearly flawed character, but I didn't see him as someone who was beyond saving in the beginning of the book. In fact, I saw him as a uniquely empathetic character, in that he clearly loved his daughter. He may have been a sinister mayor, with a desire to keep secrets from Nanny and the public, but in the beginning, it seems like he is not all selfishness.

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