the relationship between reality and something portrayed in a text
Subjunctivity is the tension on the thread of meaning that runs between word and object. Suppose a series of words is presented to us as a piece of reportage. A blanket indicative tension informs the whole series: This happened. That is the particular level of subjunctivity at which journalism takes place.
Sf textuality, by contrast…is grounded in a different subjunctivity, one in which metonymy passes first through cascades of suspended paradigm sets, detached and sent aloft from any last vestige of quotidian referentiality.
Please let us imagine it: a real imagined future where our ideas of gender are so far gone that a modern reader is lost in the subjunctivity.
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