Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

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The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin’s theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the ...
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Overview

The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin’s theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, J.-H. Rosny Aîné, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jean M. Auel and reminds us of some unjustly forgotten landmarks of prehistoric fiction. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years.
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“I think this is a very good book, with rich meanings; and it takes its place well in this growing series of books from Wesleyan University Press on early science fiction.”—Donald M. Hassler, Science Fiction Studies

"…extensively researched and elegantly communicated….The Fire in The Stone to provide a major step forward in the way we think about genre."—Jonathan McCalmont, Salon Futura

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819569004
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2009
  • Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS RUDDICK is a professor of English at the University of Regina and author of Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on References
Introduction: The Fiction of Hominization
GENERIC EVOLUTION
From Boitard’s Paris before Man to London’s Before Adam
From Rosny’s First Artist to del Rey’s Last Neanderthal
From Fisher’s “Testament of Man” to Auel’s “Earth’s Children”
THEMATIC EVOLUTION
Nature and Human Nature
Sex and Gender
Race or the Human Race
A Cultural Triad: Language, Religion, Art
Coda: Baxter’s Evolution and Post-Hominization
A Prehistoric Chronology
Notes
Works Cited
Illustration Credits
Index
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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Dull and dry

    When I bought this book, I thought I was getting the latest Clan of the Cave Bear book!! I wasted $15.00 plus. Do not get this book unless you are doing a research paper on prehistoric tribes.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Well written resource.

    This is a readable study of how we fictionalize and visualize the prehistoric past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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