The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction

This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

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Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107052468

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945

Each generation revises literary history and this is nowhere more evident than in the post-Second World War period.

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Author: John N. Duvall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107493544

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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Each generation revises literary history and this is nowhere more evident than in the post-Second World War period. This 2011 Companion offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the diversity of American fiction since the Second World War. Essays by nineteen distinguished scholars provide critical insights into the significant genres, historical contexts, cultural diversity and major authors during a period of enormous American global political and cultural power. This power is overshadowed, nevertheless, by national anxieties growing out of events ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of feminism; from the Cold War and its fear of Communism and nuclear warfare to the Age of Terror and its different yet related fears of the 'Other'. American fiction since 1945 has faithfully chronicled these anxieties. An essential reference guide, this Companion provides a chronology of the period, as well as guides to further reading.

The Rise and Fall of American Science Fiction from the 1920s to the 1960s

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Jones, Gwyneth. Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction, and Reality. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999. _____.

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Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476674940

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 311

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 By examining important aspects of science fiction in the twentieth century, this book explains how the genre evolved to its current state. Close critical attention is given to topics including the art that has accompanied science fiction, the subgenres of space opera and hard science fiction, the rise of SF anthologies, and the burgeoning impact of the marketplace on authors. Included are in-depth studies of key texts that contributed to science fiction's growth, including Philip Francis Nowlan's first Buck Rogers story, the first published stories of A. E. van Vogt, and the early juveniles of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein.

Contemporary American Science Fiction Film

He is the co-editor of Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction, and The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, and also serves as an editor of two academic journals focused on ...

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Author: Terence McSweeney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000540642

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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Contemporary American Science Fiction Film explores and interrogates a diverse variety of popular and culturally relevant American science fiction films made in the first two decades of the new millennium, offering a ground-breaking investigation of the impactful role of genre cinema in the modern era. Placing one of the most popular and culturally resonant American film genres broadly within its rich social, historical, industrial, and political context, the book interrogates some of the defining critical debates of the era via an in-depth analysis of a range of important films. An international team of authors draw on case studies from across the science fiction genre to examine what these films can tell us about the time period, how the films themselves connect to the social and political context, how the fears and anxieties they portray resonate beyond the screen, and how the genre responds to the shifting coordinates of the Hollywood film industry. Offering new insights and perspectives on the cinematic science fiction genre, this volume will appeal primarily to scholars and students of film, television, cultural and media studies, as well as anyone interested in science fiction and speculative film.

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

The American Shore : Meditations of a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch - Angouleme ( Elizabethtown , NY : Dragon Press , 1978 ) . Del Rey , Lester . The World of Science Fiction : The History of a Subculture ( New York : Del ...

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Author: Edward James

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521016576

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

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Octavia E Butler

Butler's life as an African American woman--an alien in American society and among science fiction writers--informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction.

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Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025204066X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman--an alien in American society and among science fiction writers--informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre's particular canon. The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction.

The Cambridge History of Science Fiction

Bleiler counts 345 issues of specialized science fiction pulps by 1936, and I have added 1937 and 1938 issues of Amazing, ... eds., The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp.

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Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316733011

Category: Literary Criticism

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The first science fiction course in the American academy was held in the early 1950s. In the sixty years since, science fiction has become a recognized and established literary genre with a significant and growing body of scholarship. The Cambridge History of Science Fiction is a landmark volume as the first authoritative history of the genre. Over forty contributors with diverse and complementary specialties present a history of science fiction across national and genre boundaries, and trace its intellectual and creative roots in the philosophical and fantastic narratives of the ancient past. Science fiction as a literary genre is the central focus of the volume, but fundamental to its story is its non-literary cultural manifestations and influence. Coverage thus includes transmedia manifestations as an integral part of the genre's history, including not only short stories and novels, but also film, art, architecture, music, comics, and interactive media.

The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists

Modern Fiction Studies, Prospects, Studies in American Fiction, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, ... the Blackwell Companion to Science Fiction (2005) and the Blackwell Companion to Twentieth—Century United States Fiction ...

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Author: Timothy Parrish

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107013131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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This volume provides newly commissioned essays from leading scholars and critics on the social and cultural history of the novel in America. It explores the work of the most influential American novelists of the past 200 years, including Melville, Twain, James, Wharton, Cather, Faulkner, Ellison, Pynchon, and Morrison.

Science Fiction and the Dismal Science

83 Campbell, Joseph 53 Canavan, Gerry 247; The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (with Link) 247 A Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller) 131–132 Ĉapek, Karel 81, 138; R.U.R. 138 Card, Orson Scott 53, 56, ...

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Author: Gary Westfahl,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476637563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Despite the growing importance of economics in our lives, literary scholars have long been reluctant to consider economic issues as they examine key texts. This volume seeks to fill one of these conspicuous gaps in the critical literature by focusing on various connections between science fiction and economics, with some attention to related fields such as politics and government. Its seventeen contributors include five award-winning scholars, five science fiction writers, and a widely published economist. Three topics are covered: what noted science fiction writers like Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and Kim Stanley Robinson have had to say about our economic and political future; how the competitive and ever-changing publishing marketplace has affected the growth and development of science fiction from the nineteenth century to today; and how the scholars who examine science fiction have themselves been influenced by the economics of academia. Although the essays focus primarily on American science fiction, the traditions of Russian and Chinese science fiction are also examined. A comprehensive bibliography of works related to science fiction and economics will assist other readers and critics who are interested in this subject.

Handbook of the American Short Story

“Feminist and Queer Science Fiction in America.” The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. Eds. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015. 70–82. → Lucky, Crystal J. “African American Women Writers and ...

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Author: Erik Redling

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110585322

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 712

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The American short story has always been characterized by exciting aesthetic innovations and an immense range of topics. This handbook offers students and researchers a comprehensive introduction to the multifaceted genre with a special focus on recent developments due to the rise of new media. Part I provides systematic overviews of significant contexts ranging from historical-political backgrounds, short story theories developed by writers, print and digital culture, to current theoretical approaches and canon formation. Part II consists of 35 paired readings of representative short stories by eminent authors, charting major steps in the evolution of the American short story from its beginnings as an art form in the early nineteenth century up to the digital age. The handbook examines historically, methodologically, and theoretically the coming together of the enduring narrative practice of compression and concision in American literature. It offers fresh and original readings relevant to studying the American short story and shows how the genre performs American culture.