Anticipations: Essays on Early Science Fiction and Its Precursors / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume of essays examines early, primarily nineteenth-century, examples of science fiction. The essays focus particularly on how this fiction engages with such contemporary issues as exploration, the development of science and social planning. Several of the writers discussed (Mary Shelley, Poe, Verne, Wells) have been proposed by literary historians as the founders of science fiction. The aim in these essays, however, is not to privilege one individual, but rather to look at the gradual convergence of a number of different genres and at the process of continuing influence of one writer on his/her successor. The collection strikes a balance between a discussion of the established names within the field and less well known works such as Symzonia and The Battle of Dorking. The volume concludes with a consideration of the utopias and dystopias of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815626404
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Utopianism and Communitarianism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Note
Preface
'Able Mechanick': The Life and the Adventures of Peter Wilkins and the Eighteenth-Century Fantastic Voyage 1
Science Fiction by Gaslight: An Introduction to English-Language Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century 26
Frankenstein and the Origins of Science Fiction 46
From Mary Shelley to The War of the Worlds: The Thames Valley Catastrophe 58
Breaking the Bounds: The Rhetoric of Limits in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe, his Contemporaries and Adaptors 75
Verne's Amazing Journeys 98
Imagining the Future: Predictive Fiction in the Nineteenth Century 111
Imagination and Inversion in Nineteenth-Century Utopian Writing 137
Prediction, Programme and Fantasy in Jack London's The Iron Heel 153
Alien Dreams: Kipling 172
Lesbians and Virgins: The New Motherhood in Herland 195
Index 217
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