Difference and Doubt in Christopher Nolan’s Inception
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The theme of atemporality discussed in the previous chapter persists among writers of cyberpunk literature. Bruce Sterling, for one, gave a 2010 speech entitled “Atemporality for the Creative Artist” in which he advocates a celebration of atemporal experimentation over previous attempts at cultural relativism. He focuses upon “becoming ‘multi-temporal’, rather than multicultural” (Sterling 2010, 5). Yet his enthusiastic endorsement should be tempered by the fact that, as I will discuss shortly, cyberpunk writers tend to embrace radical notions only to subsume them within recognizable paradigms. As he himself admits at the end of this speech, “(Atemporality’s) not a perfect explanation, it’s a contingent explanation for contingent times” (6). In truth, during the 1980s and 1990s Sterling exploited “New Japan” as a literary device to achieve an effect similar to the one he later produces with atemporality.
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- 6.See Joshua La Bare’s “The Future: ‘Wrapped… in That Mysterious Japanese Way.’” Science Fiction Studies 27 (2000).Google Scholar
- 15.For examples of how American popular culture was applied internationally in manipulative ways, see Uta G. Poiger’s Jazz Rock and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany (Poiger 2000).Google Scholar