The Translunar Narrative in the Western Tradition

The Translunar Narrative in the Western Tradition

by Aaron Parrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754635899

ISBN-13: 9780754635895

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Parrett traces the theme of journeys to the moon from second-century Syrian-Greek satirist Lucian through Dante and Ariosto, the new astronomy, David Russen and Daniel Defoe, the return to satire in the 19th century to the 1969 moon landing and its aftermath. The tension borne of the inability to draw meaning from or to give meaning to the event of the moon landing,…  See more details below

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Parrett traces the theme of journeys to the moon from second-century Syrian-Greek satirist Lucian through Dante and Ariosto, the new astronomy, David Russen and Daniel Defoe, the return to satire in the 19th century to the 1969 moon landing and its aftermath. The tension borne of the inability to draw meaning from or to give meaning to the event of the moon landing, he argues, typifies postmodern anxiety in the face of technology, and informs literature's response to human human being actually having gone to the moon. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754635895
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 7.91(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Lucian and the Satirical Origins of the Translunar Narrative
2Theology of Transcendence: The Translunar Journey in Dante and Ariosto
3Decentering the Cosmos: Literature and the New Astronomy
4A Division of Labor: Science and Literature in the Translunar Narratives of David Russen and Daniel Defoe
5Hoax and Plausible Dream: The Return to Satire in the Nineteenth-Century Voyage to the Moon
6One Giant Leap: The Dream Realized and its Aftermath
Afterword
References
Index

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