Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre

Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre

by Karen Hellekson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786447931

ISBN-13: 9780786447930

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a

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Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission. Finally, Part 4 features close readings of SF texts by women, including Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786447930
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Karen Hellekson 1

Part 1 Teaching

Introduction: Teaching with Science Fiction Craig B. Jacobsen 7

1 Grokking Rhetoric through Science Fiction: A Practical Examination of Course Construction Jen Gunnels 13

2 Incorporating Science Fiction into a Scientific Rhetoric Course Michael J. Klein 24

3 Revealing Critical Theory's Real-Life Potential to Our Students, the Digital Nomads Jason W. Ellis 37

Part 2 Reading and Writing

Introduction: Reading and Writing SF Patrick B. Sharp 53

4 Reading/Writing Martians: Seeing Techne and Poiesis in The War of the Worlds Charles Harding 58

5 The Creation of Heinlein's "Solution Unsatisfactory" Edward Wysocki 74

6 Entropy, Entertainment, and Creative Energy in Ben Bova Donald M. Hassler 87

Part 3 Media

Introduction: Media and Science Fiction Karen Hellekson 99

7 Investigating the Postmodern Memory Crisis on the Small Screen Susan A. George 104

8 Text's Resistance to Being Interpreted: Unconventional Relationship between Text and Reader in Watchmen Ho-Rim Song 117

9 "Breathe, baby, breathe!" Ecodystopia in Brazilian Science Fiction Film Alfredo Suppia 130

Part 4 Women

Introduction: Women and Writing Lisa Yaszek 149

10 Hail the Conquering Campbellian S/Hero: Joanna Russ's Alyx Eileen Donaldson 154

11 Essentialism and Constructionism in Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling Kristen Lillvis 168

12 Joanna Russ and the Murder of the Female Child: We Who Are About To Rebekah Sheldon 183

13 Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: The Taoist Way in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Telling James H. Thrall 197

About the Contributors 213

Index 217

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