Plagues, Apocalypses, and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares

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Tthe themes of speculative fiction - both science fiction and fantasy - have a long history. Nineteenth century works such as Frankenstein and The Invisible Man contain many of the same messages as Terminator, Jurassic Park and even Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Analyzing works ranging from Twenty- Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Blair Witch Project, this critical study takes a look at the characteristics of the cautionary tale. The core of the book is the concept of the ...

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Overview

Tthe themes of speculative fiction - both science fiction and fantasy - have a long history. Nineteenth century works such as Frankenstein and The Invisible Man contain many of the same messages as Terminator, Jurassic Park and even Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Analyzing works ranging from Twenty- Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Blair Witch Project, this critical study takes a look at the characteristics of the cautionary tale. The core of the book is the concept of the "Nightmares Model," which examines and categorizes the repetition of specific themes. The dangers of science and technology, the perils of power, and the threat of the unknown are discussed as themes within prose, film and television.

About the Author:
Heather Urbanski is currently a teaching fellow at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786429165
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Urbanski is an assistant professor of English. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


Preface     1
Introduction: The Cautionary Tale     5
Science and Technology
Introduction     21
Nuclear War     24
Information Technology     39
Biology     57
From Frankenstein to the Terminator and Everything in Between: Science and Technology Images in the Mainstream Media     75
Power
Introduction     89
Power of the Individual     92
Power of the State     109
Big Brother and Darth Vader on the Evening News: Power Images in the Mainstream Media     131
The Unknown
Introduction     145
Monsters, Aliens, and "Other" Beings     149
Progress     169
Resistance Is Futile for Rip Van Winkle in the Twilight Zone: Images of the Unknown in the Mainstream Media     192
Afterword: What Does All This Mean?     206
Chapter Notes     217
Works Cited     221
Index     243
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