Critical Theory and Science Fiction / Edition 1

Critical Theory and Science Fiction / Edition 1

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by Carl Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819563994

ISBN-13: 9780819563996

Pub. Date: 04/24/2000

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Carl Freedman traces the fundamental and mostly unexamined relationships between the discourses of science fiction and critical theory, arguing that science fiction is (or ought to be) a privileged genre for critical theory. He asserts that it is no accident that the upsurge of academic interest in science fiction since the 1970s coincides with the heyday of literary…  See more details below

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Carl Freedman traces the fundamental and mostly unexamined relationships between the discourses of science fiction and critical theory, arguing that science fiction is (or ought to be) a privileged genre for critical theory. He asserts that it is no accident that the upsurge of academic interest in science fiction since the 1970s coincides with the heyday of literary theory, and that likewise science fiction is one of the most theoretically informed areas of the literary profession. Extended readings of novels by five of the most important modern science fiction authors illustrate the affinity between science fiction and critical theory, in each case concentrating on one major novel that resonates with concerns proper to critical theory.

Freedman’s five readings are: Solaris: Stanislaw Lem and the Structure of Cognition; The Dispossessed: Ursula LeGuin and the Ambiguities of Utopia; The Two of Them: Joanna Russ and the Violence of Gender; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand: Samuel Delany and the Dialectics of Difference; The Man in the High Castle: Philip K. Dick and the Construction of Realities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819563996
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/24/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
DEFINITIONS
Critical Theory
Science Fiction
ARTICULATIONS
Genre, Theory, and Phases of Canon-Formation
The Critical Dynamic: Science Fiction and Style
The Critical Dynamic: Science Fiction and the Historical Novel
The Critical Dynamic: Science Fiction and Utopia
Science Fiction and the Canon
EXCURSUSES
Solaris: Stanis aw Lem and the Structure of Cognition
The Dispossessed: Ursula Le Guin and the Ambiguities of Utopia
The Two of Them: Joanna Russ and the Violence of Gender
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand: Samuel Delany and the Dialectics of Difference
The Man in the High Castle: Philip K. Dick and the Construction of Realities
CODA: CRITICAL THEORY, SCIENCE FICTION, AND THE POSTMORDERN
Index

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Critical Theory and Science Fiction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fabulous analysis of the science fiction enterprise. A `must read' for all serious sf fans! Includes discussions of Delany, Russ, Dick, LeGuin, Lem, & beyond!