Britocentric fantasy

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Tue Apr 13 07:30:09 EDT 2004

--- minnow at wrote:
> I wrote:
> >>Has anyone complained that some world-saving
> fantasy set entirely in an
> >>American, or in an Australian, context is a
> colonial/imperialist text,
> >>and if not, why not, would be another question
> that sprang to my mind. 
> and Roger replied:
> >Well, yes - see almost any film in which The World
> (i.e. America) is
> >invaded by aliens and saved by the (American)
> heroes. Of recent years 
> >there's been a tendency to have a token series of
> clips of the aliens 
> >invading other countries too, but as Allison points
> out the American 
> >film-makers are mostly only interested in
> portraying America.
> So that's not colonial/imperialist text but just
> fact, then. Once we
> have established that American film-makers are happy
> to have it being
> American submariners who were responsible for
> capturing the Enigma
> machine before America had even entered the war
> (U-571) nothing the
> film-makers do should surprise us, after all.

That particular movie is sore point out here in Oz as
the real U-571 was actually sunk by the Australian Air
Force (by a squadron that included a noted YA author,
Ivan Southall, who in the '50s wrote a series of
juvenile SF)


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