The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein

In this major critical study, Hugo Award-winner Farah Mendlesohn carries out a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches.


Author: Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 9781783526802

Category: Literary Criticism

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Robert A. Heinlein began publishing in the 1940s at the dawn of the Golden Age of science fiction, and today he is considered one of the genre's 'big three' alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. His short stories were instrumental in developing its structure and rhetoric, while novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers demonstrated that such writing could be a vehicle for political argument. Heinlein’s influence remains strong, but his legacy is fiercely contested. His vision of the future was sometimes radical, sometimes deeply conservative, and arguments have flared up recently about which faction has the most significant claim on his ideas. In this major critical study, Hugo Award-winner Farah Mendlesohn carries out a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches. It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a lifetime about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself.

Science Fiction Literature through History An Encyclopedia 2 volumes

Critical Insights: Robert A. Heinlein. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press. Mendlesohn, Farah. 2019. The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein. London: Unbound. Patterson, William H., Jr. 2010. Robert A. Heinlein in Dialogue with His Century, ...


Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440866173

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 766

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This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

All Electric Narratives

The writer in question was Robert A. Heinlein, the bythen well-known science-fiction writer with a background in ... 2 Farah Mendlesohn, “Heinlein's Intersitial Self,” in The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (London: Unbound, ...


Author: Rachele Dini

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501367366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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“All-electric” Narratives is the first in-depth study of time-saving electrical appliances in American literature. It examines the literary depiction of refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, oven ranges, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, toasters, blenders, standing and hand-held mixers, and microwave ovens between 1945, when the “all-electric” home came to be associated with the nation's hard-won victory, and 2020, as contemporary writers consider the enduring material and spiritual effects of these objects in the 21st century. The appropriation and subversion of the rhetoric of domestic electrification and time-saving comprises a crucial, but overlooked, element in 20th-century literary forms and genres including Beat literature, Black American literature, second-wave feminist fiction, science fiction, and postmodernist fiction. Through close-readings of dozens of literary texts alongside print and television ads from this period, Dini shows how U.S. writers have unearthed the paradoxes inherent to claims of appliances' capacity to “give back” time to their user, transport them into a technologically-progressive future, or “return” them to some pastoral past. In so doing, she reveals literary appliances' role in raising questions about gender norms and sexuality, racial exclusion and erasure, class anxieties, the ramifications of mechanization, the perils and possibilities of conformity, the limitations of patriotism, and the inevitable fallacy of utopian thinking-while both shaping and radically disrupting the literary forms in which they operated.

The Postworld In Between Utopia and Dystopia

Heinlein, Robert A. “All You Zombies—.” “All You Zombies—”: Five Classic Stories by Robert A. Heinlein. Kindle Edition. Spectrum Literary Agency Inc., 2013. Mendlesohn, Farah. The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein.


Author: Katarzyna Ostalska

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000509960

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

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This collection of essays offers global perspectives on feminist utopia and dystopia in speculative literature, film, and art, working from a range of intersectional approaches to examine key works and genres in both their specific cultural context and a wider, global, epistemological, critical background. The international, diverse contributions, including a Foreword by Gregory Claeys, draw upon posthumanism, speculative realism, speculative feminism, object-oriented ontology, new materialisms, and post-Anthropocene studies to propose alternative perspectives on gender, environment, as well as alternate futures and pasts rendered in fiction. Instead of binary divisions into utopia vs dystopia, the collection explores genres transcending this dichotomy, scrutinising the oeuvre of both established and emerging writers, directors, and critics. This is a rich and unique collection suitable for scholars and students studying feminist literature, media cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies.

Aliens in Popular Culture

The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction. McFarland, 2014. Mendlesohn, Farah. The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein. Unbound, 2019. Patterson, William H. Jr. and Andrew Thornton, editors.


Author: Michael M. Levy

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838330

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship

The Year s Best Science Fiction Vol 1

I am more than a little tired of talking about Robert A. Heinlein and didn't think there was much more to be said on the subject, but Farah Mendlesohn's outstanding The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (Unbound) held my ...


Author: Jonathan Strahan

Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press

ISBN: 9781534449596

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

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The definitive guide and a must-have collection of the best short science fiction and speculative fiction of 2019, showcasing brilliant talent and examining the cultural moment we live in, compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. With short works from some of the most lauded science fiction authors, as well as rising stars, this collection displays the top talent and the cutting-edge cultural moments that affect our lives, dreams, and stories. The list of authors is truly star-studded, including New York Times bestseller Ted Chiang (author of the short story that inspired the movie Arrival), N. K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, and many more incredible talents. An assemblage of future classics, this anthology is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the vast and exciting world of science fiction.

Citizen Science Fiction

The Pleasant Profession of Robert Heinlein. Unbound, 2019. Meyer, Jan H. F., and Ray Land. “Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: Issues of Liminality.” Overcoming Barriers to Student Understanding: Threshold Concepts and ...


Author: Jerome Winter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793621481

Category: Research

Page: 232

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Citizen Science Fiction argues that science-fiction literature and media can engage and empower individuals to become active and critical participants in citizen science such that they can collaborate meaningfully in the scientific and technological communities, institutions, and industries that deeply shape their everyday lives.

The Star Beast

Robert A. Heinlein ... Myra Holtz was an operative for BuSec of DepSpace, and concealed her policewoman profession under a pleasant facade. Mr. Kiku's instructions to her concerning Betty had been: “Keep a sharp eye on her.


Author: Robert A. Heinlein

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 9781618248466

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide and huge (and growing) size, Lummox is nobody's idea of man's best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth from a distant planet, loves him. John isn't about to let the authorities take his pet away and, with his best friend Betty, determines to save Lummox even if it takes leaving the life he's known forever. However, what John and Betty don't realize is that the survival of the Earth itself may depend on the true nature of The Star Beast. An all-time great science fiction coming-of-age classic from seven-time Hugo winner and Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Looking Awry

ered a most pleasant “ normal ” sexual experience , to render inexplicably attractive what is usually considered a ... of popular culture , a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein , The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag .


Author: Slavoj Zizek

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026274015X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Slavoj Žižek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques Lacan. Žižek inverts current pedagogical strategies to explain the difficult philosophical underpinnings of the French theoretician and practician who revolutionized our view of psychoanalysis. He approaches Lacan through the motifs and works of contemporary popular culture, from Hitchcock's Vertigo to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, from McCullough's An Indecent Obsession to Romero's Return of the Living Dead—a strategy of "looking awry" that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience of Lacan. Žižek discovers fundamental Lacanian categories the triad Imaginary/Symbolic/Real, the object small a, the opposition of drive and desire, the split subject—at work in horror fiction, in detective thrillers, in romances, in the mass media's perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcock's films. The playfulness of Žižek's text, however, is entirely different from that associated with the deconstructive approach made famous by Derrida. By clarifying what Lacan is saying as well as what he is not saying, Žižek is uniquely able to distinguish Lacan from the poststructuralists who so often claim him.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

To exemplify this , let us refer again to a product of popular culture , a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein , The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag . The action takes place in contemporary New York where a certain Jonathan ...


Author: John Storey

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820328499

Category: Social Science

Page: 657

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Whether used on its own or in conjunction with Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, this reader is a theoretical, analytical, and historical introduction to the study of popular culture within cultural studies. The readings cover the culture and civilization tradition, culturalism, structuralism and poststructuralism, Marxism, feminism, and postmodernism, as well as current debates in the study of popular culture. New to this edition: Four new readings by Stuart Hall, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Judith Butler, and Savoj Žižek Fully revised general and section introductions that contextualize and link the readings with key issues in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction Fully updated bibliography Ideal for courses in: cultural studies media studies communication studies sociology of culture popular culture visual studies cultural criticism