Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

by Nicholas Ruddick
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Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel by Nicholas Ruddick

The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin’s theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, J.-H. Rosny Aîné, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jean M. Auel and reminds us of some unjustly forgotten landmarks of prehistoric fiction. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819569004
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 04/22/2009
Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

NICHOLAS RUDDICK is a professor of English at the University of Regina and author of Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993).

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Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Louise66 More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I thought I was getting the latest Clan of the Cave Bear book!! I wasted $15.00 plus. Do not get this book unless you are doing a research paper on prehistoric tribes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a readable study of how we fictionalize and visualize the prehistoric past.
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I would like to know this book is written by Jean M. Auel? I was a bit confused the author Nicholas Ruddick. The Fire In The Stone is by Clan of Cave Bear? Pls email me about this.. Tks.. Gina Bell