Science Fiction / Edition 1

Science Fiction / Edition 1

by Roger Luckhurst
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745628923

ISBN-13: 9780745628929

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

In this new and timely cultural history of science fiction, Roger Luckhurst examines the genre from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its latest manifestations. The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history,

Overview

In this new and timely cultural history of science fiction, Roger Luckhurst examines the genre from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its latest manifestations. The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history, and cultural theory to develop the means for understanding the unique qualities of the genre.

Luckhurst reads science fiction as a literature of modernity. His astute analysis examines how the genre provides a constantly modulating record of how human embodiment is transformed by scientific and technological change and how the very sense of self is imaginatively recomposed in popular fictions that range from utopian possibility to Gothic terror. This highly readable study charts the overlapping yet distinct histories of British and American science fiction, with commentary on the central authors, magazines, movements and texts from 1880 to the present day. It will be an invaluable guide and resource for all students taking courses on science fiction, technoculture and popular literature, but will equally be fascinating for anyone who has ever enjoyed a science fiction book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745628929
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature Series, #7
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

PART I. EMERGENCE, 1880-1945.

1. Conditions of Emergence.

2. Britain: The Scientific Romance and the Evolutionary Paradigm.

3. America: Pulp Fictions and the Engineer Paradigm.

PART II. ELABORATION, 1945-1959.

4. 1945: The Technocultural Conjuncture.

5. From Atomjocks to Cultural Critique: American SF, 1939-1959.

6. ‘All that Age, Horribly Dislocated’: England After 1945.

PART III. DECADE STUDIES.

7. The 1960s.

8. The 1970s.

9. The 1980s.

10. The 1990s.

Notes.

Selected Bibliography.

Index.

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