Science Fiction / Edition 1

Science Fiction / Edition 1

by Roger Luckhurst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745628931

ISBN-13: 9780745628936

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 and…  See more details below

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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. The book 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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745628936
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvi
Introduction1
Part IEmergence, 1880-194513
1Conditions of Emergence15
2Britain: The Scientific Romance and the Evolutionary Paradigm30
3America: Pulp Fictions and the Engineer Paradigm50
Part IIElaboration, 1945-195977
41945: The Technocultural Conjuncture79
5From Atomjocks to Cultural Critique: American SF, 1939-195992
6'All that Age, Horribly Dislocated': England After 1945120
Part IIIDecade Studies139
7The 1960s141
8The 1970s167
9The 1980s196
10The 1990s220
Notes245
Selected Bibliography294
Index298

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